Speaking Engagements

November 2021

Guest Curator and speaker, In Other Words, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide.

September 2021

‘Writing Gender’ public webinar, in conversation with Jazz Money, Roanna Gonsalves, Yves Rees and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey. Writing & Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Friday, September 17. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-gender-tickets-167203280513?fbclid=IwAR0EhvFrwGfSc8en-auGQWNDzxWCDbpJXPc42Al4tInvkoKxRxxhx-Lstas

August 2021

Guest Curator and panelist at Byron Writers Festival + participant in Writers On The Road outreach program, Byron Writers Festival. Cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdown.

April – May 2021

Sydney Writers’ Festival, After Australia panel with Michael Mohammed Ahmed, Michelle Law

Sydney Writers’ Festival, Student Sessions, interviewing Nardi Simpson and  Mirandi  Riwoe

October 2020

The Wheeler Centre, Mieko Kawakami & Fernanda Melchor in conversation, hosted by Roanna Gonsalves, Broadly Speaking series, Wednesday October 14, 2020. Book tickets here.

September 2020

Story Factory, Year of the Novella panel, September 9, 2020. Closed session for Story Factory’s Novella program participants only.

August 2020

Melbourne Writers’ Festival: Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning, in conversation with Roanna Gonsalves. August 15, 2020. Read the live tweets of this conversation here

July 2020.

Sydney Writers’ Festival podcast: Golriz Ghahraman: Know Your Place in conversation with Roanna Gonsalves. July 6, 2020. Listen here.

June 2020

ABC Radio Sydney Focus with Cassie McCullagh in conversation with Michael Mohammed Ahmed and Roanna Gonsalves about After Australia. Broadcast on June 12, 2020.  Listen here. 

May 2020

Sydney Writers’ Festival podcast: Liam Pieper: Sweetness And Light in conversation with Roanna Gonsalves. Listen here.

March 2020

Saturday, March 7, Talking Artz Ep 16, Craig Billingham in conversation with Roanna Gonsalves, Nolan on Lovel Gallery, Katoomba, 3 pm onwards. Listen here.

January 2020

Sunday, January 26, Immigrant Voices, Rashida Murphy and Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Kalpana Mohan, 2 pm, Goethe Hall, Hyderabad Literary Festival. Watch the video here.

Friday, January 24, Being Various: On Literary Diversity, with Annie Zaidi, Roanna Gonsalves, Sunny Singh, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, moderated by Urvashi Butalia, founder of Zubaan Press. 5:15 – 6:15 pm, Mughal Tent, Jaipur Literature Festival. Watch the video here.

Tuesday, January 21, Australian writers in India, Mindy Gill, Manal Younus, Jessica Alice, Gideon Haigh & Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Arpita Das, founder of Yoda Press, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Australian High Commission, New Delhi.

Thursday, January 16, Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney: Shyama E (Head of the English Department, Providence College, Calicut) in conversation with Roanna Gonsalves. 2 pm, Kerala Literature Festival, Calicut.

December 2019

Centre for Stories, Perth

Saturday, Dec 14, Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Chris Lin. 6-7:30 pm. Book here.

November 2019

Jaipur Literature Festival, Adelaide

Saturday, November 2, 2019, Writing Immigrants, Writing The City. Roanna Gonsalves and Shameem Black in conversation with Mridula Nath Chakraborty, 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm. Quartet Bar. Book here.

Friday, November 1, 2019, Creative Writing Workshop with Roanna Gonsalves, 10:45 am to 12 pm. Festival Theatre, Southern Foyer. Book here.

October 2019

Boundless: A Festival of Diverse Writers

Saturday Oct 25, 2019, Other Worlds: Eugen Bacon, Hannah Donnelly and Khalid Warsame in conversation with Roanna Gonsalves. 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade Bankstown NSW 2200 Register Here.

Historical Novel Society Australasia

Saturday, October 25, 2019, The Versatile Writer, Sophie Masson and Kelly Gardiner in conversation with Roanna Gonsalves. 11:30 am to 12:20 pm EA Building, Room G.18, Western Sydney University, Parramatta (South) Campus. Book here.

The Australian Short Story Festival

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019, Debra Adelaide, Meenakshi Bharat, Roanna Gonsalves Readings and discussion—Glass Walls Anthology, official launch. Chair: Sharon Rundle. 2 to 3 pm. Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne. Book here.

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019, Melanie Cheng, Elizabeth Flux, Roanna Gonsalves, Sumudu Samarawickrama, Hannah Wu, Jessica Yu. Curated and chaired by Leah Jing McIntosh Proudly supported by Liminal Magazine. 12 to 1 pm. Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne. Book here.

Emerge in Yarra

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019, On Power: Conversations,  Roanna Gonsalves (participating Chair), Eugenia Flynn, Dr. Priya Srinivasan and Hella Ibrahim discuss ways of challenging the tropes and tokenism that can plague the way art from the margins is pulled into the centre. Emerge in Yarra 2019, Multicultural Arts Victoria. 2-5 PM, Schoolhouse Studios, 81 Rupert St, Collingwood.

The Bookshelf Live at the State Library of NSW

Saturday, Oct 12, 2019, guest on The Bookshelf (Live) at the State Library of NSW, with Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh.

Gandhi Dialogue

Wednesday Oct 2, 2019, Chair of the Gandhi Jayanti Dialogue panel discussion, The Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW.

September 2019

Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival

August 2019

Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival
  • Sunday, August 25, Bridge Of Clay – Marcus Zusak in conversation with Roanna Gonsalves 4:30 to 5:30 pm.Venue:  The Grand Dining Room, Carrington Hotel, 15 – 47 Katoomba St, Katoomba. Sold Out.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

July 2019

June 2019

  • June 19, a reading, along with other contributors to The Lives of Others 78.2, a special edition of Southerly guest edited by UNSW’s George Kouvaros, at the UNSW Bookshop. Register here.

May 2019

Northern Territory Writers’ Festival, Alice Springs, 2019
  • May 19, Rewilding the short story. Workshop with Roanna Gonsalves. 2:30 to 4:30, Gallery, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Northern Territory Writers’ Festival, Alice Springs. Book here
  • May 19, Author talk, Alice Bishop and Roanna Gonsalves. Facilitator: Yash Srivastava. 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Marquee, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Northern Territory Writers’ Festival, Alice Springs
  • May 19, This book changed my life, with Morris Gleitzman, Roanna Gonsalves, Declan Furber-Gillick. Facilitator: Emma Sleath 9 am to 9:45 am, Marquee, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Northern Territory Writers’ Festival, Alice Springs. Book here.
  • May 18, Campfire Stories, 6 pm to 9:30 pm, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Northern Territory Writers’ Festival, Alice Springs
  • May 18, Restoring and re-storying the literary landscape, with Noëlle Janaczewska, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Roanna Gonsalves, Leni Shilton, Facilitator: Kate Rendell. 3:45 to 5 pm, Marquee, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Northern Territory Writers’ Festival, Alice Springs
Sydney Writers’ Festival

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

November 2018

Wollongong Writers’ Festival

October 2018

Bangalore Literature Festival

Program: http://bangaloreliteraturefestival.org/about/

Australian Short Story Festival

August 2018

  • Saturday August 18, Finding George Jarvis. Historian Robin Walsh and author Roanna Gonsalves will explore different approaches to finding the elusive figure of George Jarvis, Governor Macquarie’s Indian manservant. Parramatta Lecture Series, Tales From The East, a public exhibition exploring the historical and contemporary links between India and New South Wales. UNE Parramatta Campus Lecture Theatre, Level 1, 232 Church Street, Parramatta.

Bookings: Old Government House 02 9635 8149, or online here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/event/tales-from-the-east/

June 2018

Emerging Writers’ Festival
  • Sunday, June 24, 4:30 to 5 pm Keynote: Literary Selfies National Writers’ Conference, Emerging Writers’ Festival, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre, Melbourne.
  • Saturday, June 23, 3:45 to 4:30 pm The Writing Life, Tony Birch and Roanna Gonsalves discuss where the writer sits within our national and cultural landscape, and why literature matters. National Writers’ Conference, Emerging Writers’ Festival, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre, Melbourne.
  • Thursday, June 21, 6pm to 7:30 pm, Launch of Diverse Screens Parramatta, Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Rashmi Ravindran, Gary Paramanathan and Vonne Patiag who launch their short films exploring themes of cultural diversity in the creative sector. Through documentary, these Parramatta filmmakers tackle themes of inclusion, exclusion and cultural diversity in the arts and screen sectors.Diversity Arts Australia, Information & Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW 2150. Free but Registrations essential. Book Here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/launch-of-diverse-screens-parramatta-tickets-46492881460

May 2018

Sydney Writers’ Festival
  • Sunday, May 6, in conversation with Jennifer Down, Glen Street Theatre
  • Thursday, May 3, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, And the Award Goes To, Be the first to hear from some of the just-announced winners of the 2018 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, including Kim Scott, Bram Pesser and Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with senior judge Suzanne Leal. Carriageworks, Track 12. Sydney Writers’ Festival.
  • Thursday, May 3, Facilitator of Family Ties panel, and Curiosity Lecture Series,  Sydney Writers’ Festival

April 2018

Newcastle Writers’ Festival
  • Sunday April 8, ‘Politics of Identity’ with Mehreen Faruqi, Roanna Gonsalves and Amal Awad, hosted by Saba Vasefi with a special musical performance by Minerva Khodabande. 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Mulubinba Room, City Hall, Newcastle Writers’ Festival

March 2018

National Play Festival
  • Thursday, March 22, ‘On Whiteness’ with Jada Alberts, Lee Lewis, John Romeril, facilitated by Roanna Gonsalves, Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival 2018, 4:15 pm, at Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.
  • Saturday March 10, ‘How South-Asians are Shaping the next great city’ – Nautanki Theatre Company’s Annual Panel Discussion, Parramasala 2018. With Azal Khan, Bali Padda, Ishani Das, Kersherka Sivakumaran, Osman Faruqi, facilitated by Roanna Gonsalves. 4:30 to 6 pm,  ICE (Information & Cultural Exchange) 8 Victoria Road, opp. Prince Alfred Park, Parramatta, NSW 2150 (Free, but registration essential via this link)

December 2017

  • Tue Dec 5, ‘Writing gendered violence in The Permanent Resident’, at the Gendered Violence in the Global South workshop, UNSW, Sydney.
  • Friday, Dec 1, 3-4:30 pm, ‘Race, Class, and Gender in the Creative Writing Workshop’, at the ‘Diversity in Workshops & Residencies’ panel, annual conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Room 1.1, Flinders University, Victoria Square campus, Adelaide. See full program here.

November 2017

  • Wednesday, Nov 29, 6:30 pm, Reading at The Hearth Collective’s What Lost What Lingers, The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George Street, Thebarton, Adelaide. See program here.
Australian Short Story Festival, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Saturday, November 4, 11:50 to 12:40 pm,  Closure in short fiction: how do you walk that all-too-thin tightrope between tying things up and not tying the bow too tight? Join Roanna Gonsalves and Susan Midalia as they unwrap this most complex question. Moderator: Rachael Mead. Hawke Building H6.03, University of South Australia. See full program here.
  • Sunday, November 5, 10:30 to 11:20 am, Join Roanna as she talks about The Permanent Resident. Moderator: Dr Steve Cramer. Hawke Building H6.03, University of South Australia. See full program here.

October 2017

Boundless: A Festival of Diverse Writers
 India Illuminated, UNSW
Asia Pacific Writers & Translators conference

See Full Program Here

  • Sunday, October 22, 2:45 to 3:15 pm,  Keynote Address, ‘On Writing Through Cultures, Canons and Rushdiefication’, Theatre Room, Faculty of Languages and Arts, Ganesha University of Education, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Sunday, October 22, 3:30 to 4:45 pm, On Craft: The Short Story, Voice and Point of View. Moderator: Julia Prendergast. Panellists: Roanna Gonsalves, Shinie Antony, Tim Tomlinson and Darryl Whetter. Seminar Room 2, Faculty of Languages and Arts, Ganesha University of Education, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Sunday, October 22, 11 am to 12:30 pm, On Identity: Australia and the World. Moderator: Brentley Frazer. Panellists: Roanna Gonsalves, Marie Munkara, Osamah Sami and Eugenia Flynn. Seminar Room 2, Faculty of Languages and Arts, Ganesha University of Education, Bali, Indonesia.
Sydney International Women’s Poetry & Arts Festival
  • Friday, October 20, Gender and Racism, Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Hon. Linda Burney MP, Professor Catherine Lumby. New South Wales Parliament House. Book Here.

September 2017

At St Albans Writers Festival

August 2017

Library talks in Sydney
At the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne
At Mudgee Readers’ Festival

At Byron Writers Festival

July 2017

At Maleny Celebration of Books

May 2017

At Sydney Writers’ Festival
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, all-day workshop Rewilding your short story, at Science House, NYU Sydney, Sydney Writers’ Festival. Sold OUT.
  • Friday, May 26, 2017, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, moderator of Writing Race, with Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty, Anuk Arudpragasam, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Ellen van Neerven, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney Writers’ Festival.
  • Friday, May 26, 2017, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Human Baggage: The Hate Politics of Immigration, in conversation with Mona Chalabi, Samah Sabawi and Stephen Orlov, at Sydney Dance 1, Sydney Writers’ Festival.
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 2:30 PM – 3:10 PM: On Literature As Selfie, Author Talk, Curiosity Stage at the Sydney Writers’ Festival

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017: The long and the short of short stories, SAFAL, Macquarie University.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017: In conversation with Zoya Patel about The Permanent Resident, Muse Canberra http://www.musecanberra.com.au/events/2017/5/7/the-permanent-resident-roanna-gonsalves

April 2017

March 2017

  • Wednesday, March 15, Author talk at  NSW Writers’ Centre ‘Write To The End’ writing group.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017: Panellist, South Asian Diaspora: Perception and Reality, organised by Nautanki Theatre at Parramasala http://www.parramasala.com/events/south-asian-diaspora-perception-and-reality-panel-discussion

February 2017

  • February 12, 2017: Panellist, From the Margins to the Mainland in conversation with Tony Birch, Sudeep Chakravarti, & Benjamin Law, moderated by Jamila Rizvi,  Jaipur Literature Festival at Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Melbourne http://mwf.com.au/jlf-melbourne/
  • February 4, 2017: Author talk, Women’s Empowerment in Indian Villages (WEIV), Northern NSW http://www.ard-india.org

December 2016

  • December 17, In-conversation with Mridula Nath Chakraborty at Eltham Bookshop, supported by UWAP and SADIRN Monash Asia.
  • December 8, Launch of The Permanent Resident, in conversation with Jerry Pinto, at the inauguration of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival, India. Launch speech published by Australian Women Writers’ Challenge here
  • December 9-12, Panelist on Ways of Belonging: The Goan Diaspora, with Jorge Barreto Xavier (former Secretary of State for Culture, Portugal, artists and writer); Chair of the panel Finding a Voice: Persistence; Chair of the panel Cultural Extinction; Facilitator of the session Starfish Pickle, a preview of an illustrated novel by Bina Nayak; Facilitator of the session Encyclopedia of Vintage Songs by Michael Lobo, Goa Arts and Literature Festival http://www.goaartlitfest.com
  • December 8, Outreach talk to students at Rosary College, Navelim, Goa as part of Goa Arts and Literature Festival, India.
  • December 6, Outreach talk to students at Goa College of Home Science, as part of Goa Arts and Literature Festival, India

November 2016

  • November 25, 2016, Panellist: South Asian Australian Stories, Wollongong Writers Festival
  • November 9, 2016, Launch of The Permanent Resident, by Michelle De Kretser at the UNSW Bookshop, Sydney.

September 2016

  • Chair / In Conversation, Foreignness, UNSWriting, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW, 21 Sep, 2016

Before September 2016

  • Panelist, Post-show discussion, Disgraced, Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, June 18, 2016
  • Panel moderator, and Roundtable participant, Literary Commons!, Melbourne, April 1-3, 2016
  • Panelist, Roundtable discussion, Lotus Program, Play Writing Australia, Jan 29, 2016
  • Panelist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Gandhi Jayanti,  Sep 30, 2015
  • Chair of Keeping Languages Alive, Sydney Writers’ Festival, May 24, 2015
  • Chair of A Pack of Lies: Narration in Fiction, Sydney Writers’ Festival, May 21, 2015
  • ‘Joyful Strains’ panel, Sydney Writers Festival, Varuna, Katoomba, 18 May 2013
  • Moderator of the panel discussion held after the screening of the opening night film Sunshine and Shade, Parramasala, , 2012
  • Panelist, Forum on Displacement, Parramasala 2011
  • Indian Perspectives on Australia: Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Sarah MacDonald, Australian Festival of Travel Writing, Melbourne, October 30, 2010
  • Bollywood Stories and Contemporary Indian Cool: Chair of the session, Australian Festival of Travel Writing, Melbourne, October 29, 2010