Festivals and Events



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, 2016, In-conversation with Mridula Nath Chakraborty at Eltham Bookshop, supported by UWAP and SADIRN Monash Asia.
  • December 8, 2016, 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, 2016, 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


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