Festivals and Events

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‘Writing Race’ at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2017. L to R: Paul Beatty, Ellen Van Neerven, Anuk Arudpragasam, Roanna Gonsalves. Photo by Prudence Upton.


September 2017

At St Albans Writers Festival
  • Saturday, September 9, 9 to 10 pm, Festival Campfire short story readings with Roanna Gonsalves and others
  • Saturday, September 9, 5 to 6 pm, Snapshots of Life, with Roanna Gonsalves, Isabelle Li, and Fiona McFarlane


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