Speaking Engagements


November 2018

Wollongong Writers Festival


October 2018

Bangalore Literature Festival

Program TBA: 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