Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty (The Sellout) once said: ‘I wish I could say race is a construct … it’s all in our mind. But while there’s some truth to that, in the real world it’s just not the case.’ He joins celebrated writers – Anuk Arudpragasam (The Story of a Brief Marriage), and guest curator Ellen van Neerven (Comfort Food) – to discuss race in today’s literary and cultural landscape, with Roanna Gonsalves (The Permanent Resident) as moderator.

Supported by The Copyright Agency.

Curated by Ellen van Neervan. 

Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, Maxine Beneba Clarke will no longer be appearing at this event. 

Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)

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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.