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. 

Ellen van Neerven (Australian)

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer and editor. Of Mununjali Yugambeh (South East Queensland) and Dutch heritage, Ellen’s first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Ellen’s second book, a collection of poetry called Comfort Food, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and was Highly Commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Throat is Ellen’s second poetry collection.

Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)

Roanna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves is the award-winning author of the acclaimed collection of short fiction The Permanent Resident. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her four-part radio series On the tip of a billion tongues (ABC Radio National Earshot) is an acerbic portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and teaches Creative Writing at UNSW and at NYU Sydney. She serves on the Board of Writing NSW.