Roanna Gonsalves is a writer with an interdisciplinary practice. She is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) published in India and South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger Books). The book won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize 2018 and was longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award 2018. Roanna’s 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. Roanna was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and attended St. Xavier’s College. Her social-satirical radio essay Doosra: The life and times of an Indian student in Australia was commissioned and broadcast by ABC RN.
Roanna is a recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence 2022, the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and the NSW Premier's Literary Award. She is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has been an invited Keynote Speaker, Chair and panelist at numerous literary events including at the Sydney Writers' Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Goa Literature Festival and many others. She has been teaching, supervising and mentoring emerging prose writers and screenwriters within communities, schools, literary organizations and institutions such as New York University Sydney, UNSW, Western Sydney University, Macquarie University and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She is a recipient of grants through the Australia Council for the Arts, is a recipient of fellowships and residencies at Varuna and Bundanon, was the UNSW – Copyright Agency Writer-in-Residence 2018 and received The Bridge Awards’ inaugural Varuna – Cove Park Writing Residency 2019 (Scotland). Her research interests are in the sociology of literature, social media, creativity studies, and postcolonial literatures. She serves on the Board of Writing NSW and on the International Project Reference Group for the ARC-funded project 'Connecting Asia Pacific Literary Cultures. For more information, see roannagonsalves.com.au.
I am committed to a learner-centered paradigm in the teaching of Creative Writing. I aim to meet each student where they are in their learning journeys, to inspire students to take imaginative risks, and to believe in their own imaginative capacities. I teach in the areas of prose fiction and nonfiction, writing for the screen and other media.
I am available to supervise PhD candidates work across all areas of Creative Writing, including creative practice (prose fiction and nonfiction, screenwriting, writing for performance), creativity studies, the sociology of literature, social media studies, and postcolonial literatures.