Roanna Gonsalves

The Permanent Resident is a brilliant fashioning of newness in the Australian literary landscape.”

MICHELLE DE KRETSER,  award-winning Australian author of Questions Of Travel, Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Excerpt from Launch Speech, Sydney, 9 November 2016.


Roanna Gonsalves came to Australia as an international student from India. She is the author of The Permanent Resident, an acclaimed collection of short fiction published by UWAP in November 2016. According to the award-winning Australian writer Michelle De Kretser, The Permanent Resident is “a brilliant fashioning of newness in the Australian literary landscape”. Roanna has been called “a bold Australian voice” who “writes like a minx, full of mischief”, “like Jhumpa Lahiri but with a playful approach”.

The Permanent Resident is on the syllabus of courses at a number of Australian universities and is being studied in the fields of Australian Literature, Postcolonial Literatures, and Creative Writing.

Her series of radio documentaries, On the tip of a billion tongues, commissioned and broadcast by Earshot, ABC RN, is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. 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 the University of New South Wales, and has been facilitating and teaching creative writing workshops for all ages within communities as well as at schools and in the university sector for many years. Her research interests are in the sociology of the arts, social media, creativity studies, and postcolonial literatures.

She can be found at and on Twitter @roannagonsalves, and also at or @roannagonsalves

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