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The Permanent Resident - Roanna Gonsalves

“This collection is based not really on autobiography but based on 18 years of observing the joys and the sorrows of people like me who have come here and just want stability rather than precarity.” 

So says author Roanna Gonsalves, of her debut, The Permanent Resident, a collection of short stories which unearth the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants. These stories steer through clashes of cultures, trials of faith, and squalls of racism. Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes playful, they cut to the truth of what it means to be a modern outsider. 

“Roanna Gonsalves remakes 'familiar' Australian stories from a migrant perspective, adding considerable wit and humour to the expectations imbedded in the search for 'permanent residency’” Kate Evans, ABC Books + Arts

Roanna Gonsalves came to Australia as an international student in 1998. Her creative work and peer-reviewed scholarly work, have been published and performed across various media in India and Australia. She is the co-founder/co-editor of Southern Crossings, and was the 2013 recipient of the Australian Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award. In 2015, Roanna’s four-part series on contemporary Indian literature was broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Earshot program.

Join Roanna in conversation with Feminartsy’s Zoya Patel.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink) or
$30 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft & a copy of the book)

The Permanent Resident RRP $25


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Zoya Patel founded online feminist journal Feminartsy in 2014, following four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine.  Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. 

Post script

On Saturday 13 May get along to Feminartsy’s 'Read Like a Feminist' book club when Zoya, colleague Yen Eriksen and Muse’s Nikki Anderson will lead a session on The Permanent Resident. 

Later Event: May 14
Mother's Day Lunch