Roanna Gonsalves passionately argues for the radical yet ancient need we have to tell our own stories – taking a selfie with literature. In these troubling times, when space for those with little privilege seems to be shrinking across the world, Roanna discusses how the selfie (with its focus on ‘presencing’, agency and connections to history) provides a unique way to talk about writing. Roanna is the author of The Permanent Resident, short stories about Indians in Australia.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)

Roanna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident, which won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize and was longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award in 2018. Roanna was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. She attended St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, and came to Australia as an international student in 1998. Roanna was the UNSW Copyright Agency Writer-in-Residence in 2018.