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, 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.