Why has the word ‘immigrant’ become such a slur in the US? When did Australia roll up the welcome mat for refugees? Our panel gets to grips with changing community attitudes around the world. Data Editor of The Guardian US, Mona Chalabi, author Roanna Gonsalves, Palestinian-born Australian playwright Samah Sabawi and Boston-born Canadian playwright Stephen Orlov join Claudia Tazreiter for a frank and fearless conversation on the political and personal consequences of border control policies. 

Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)

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Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident, an acclaimed collection of fiction that is on several lists of must-read Australian books and is being studied at a number of universities. Roanna has been called 'a bold Australian voice' who 'writes like a minx, full of mischief'. She is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from UNSW and is a highly experienced workshop facilitator.