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 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.