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Roanna Gonsalves Roanna Gonsalves i(A119097 works by)
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1998
Heritage: Indian
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1 form y separately published work icon Back Door Please Roanna Gonsalves , Australia : ABC Radio National , 2021 23337548 2021 single work radio play
1 Interrupting Intersectionality Roanna Gonsalves , 2021 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , September 2021;

'A blank page brims with potential. It may incite a reflux of fear. It may unleash a prolonged bout of procrastination. For poets and storytellers of course, a blank page has immense potential to create new knowledge. As a writer working across genres and media, I think of the creation of new knowledge as involving an exploration of power, desire and change. In my writing practice, such explorations always begin with the intention to complicate my own fixed ideas about language, character and story shape, particularly in relation to identity. One way I do this is by recouping the compositional methodology of interrupting intersectionality, as writers have always done.' (Introduction)

1 How to Work from Home Roanna Gonsalves , 2020 single work prose
— Appears in: Peril : An Asian-Australian Journal , no. 43 2020;

'First, establish a routine. The Priests of Productivity say that this will keep you sane. Break down your day into even rows and columns as the wattle spreads its light. Do not check your phone when it pings. But your suburban Sydney flat is in the flight path, next to a train line. The world reels between a row of rubbish bins. Your phone pings repeatedly. It’s either the landlord or the electricity company or the Cinder App. The app is full of men with daughters and vasectomies. You must focus on your son instead. It’s time to wake him. He will begin to count the money in his piggybank, yet again. You want him to save up to go to Harvard. He’s been saving up to buy a present for Father’s Day, a present for his father who hasn’t visited or called for seven years.' (Introduction)

1 The East Australia Company Mango Bridge Roanna Gonsalves , 2020 single work short story
— Appears in: After Australia 2020; (p. 193-226)
1 Imbi Neeme : The Spill Roanna Gonsalves , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 11-17 July 2020;

— Review of The Spill Imbi Neeme , 2020 single work novel

'Imbi Neeme’s The Spill is an engaging novel set in Western Australia that meditates upon the connections between memory, trauma and the imagination. Sweeping across four decades, the novel focuses on the lives of two sisters, Nicole and Samantha: their differing relationships with their estranged parents, the secrets they keep and their conflicting memories in the wake of a childhood car accident. As they try to reconcile their views of the past, particularly their experiences of their mother’s alcoholism and death, the sisters grapple with their own failings, and their ways of mourning and memorialisation.' (Introduction)

1 A Breeze Blows, or It Doesn’t Blow: History’s Beckonings Roanna Gonsalves , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 78 no. 2 2018;

'I wanted it to be true. I wanted it to be true because it was there in the primary sources. It was there in the journals and the biographies: slaves bought and sold in India, in Arabia. The trans-Indian Ocean slave trade and the slave trade within India that passed by other names. Black men bought and sold them. Brown men bought and sold them. White men were sometimes good to do business with. Governor Lachlan Macquarie bought two of them. He says so himself. All the biographers have tracked this down. Centuries pass. The memory of slavery chooses its own path and changes form with every age. My friend in Kochi says slavery ended when the Dutch period ended. The British freed all the slaves. It’s a factual flaw, he says, in response to my enquiry about the slave trade in 1795. As for Lachlan Macquarie, a man who would be Governor, he knew what he was doing.' (Introduction)

1 George Jarvis, Black Hindoo Servant, Port Jackson, 1809 (Preparatory Study) Roanna Gonsalves , 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 62 no. 2 2017; (p. 150-154)
1 See Me Showing You Me Roanna Gonsalves , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , April 2017;
'The month of March marked the fifty-first anniversary of an official change in Australia’s view of itself. In an effort to ‘populate or perish’, the absolutely Right and unquestionably Honourable men who ran this country on 24 March, 1966 made a pragmatic, yet momentous, leap towards inclusion and cultural diversity. An illuminating discussion took place in the House of Representatives that led to the passing of the Migration ACT 1966, officially ending the White Australia policy.' (Introduction)
1 Who Is an Asian? Roanna Gonsalves , 2016 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Peril : An Asian-Australian Journal , October no. 26 2016;
1 10 y separately published work icon The Permanent Resident Roanna Gonsalves , Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2016 10167352 2016 selected work short story

'A woman who can’t swim wades into a suburban pool. An Indian family sits down to an Australian Christmas dinner. A single mother’s offer to coach her son’s soccer team leads to an unexpected encounter. A recent migrant considers taking the fall for a second generation ‘friend’. A wife refuses to let her husband look at her phone. An international student gets off a train at night.

'Roanna Gonsalves’ short stories unearth the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants, steering 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.' (Publication summary)

1 The Skit Roanna Gonsalves , 2014 single work short story
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , May no. 15 2014;
1 The Patron Saint of Excess Baggage Roanna Gonsalves , 2013 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Joyful Strains : Making Australia Home 2013; (p. 106-116)
1 Multiculturalism and Mainstage Australian Theatre Roanna Gonsalves , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 2 no. 2 2011; (p. 72-83)
'At last count, Australians identify with over 270 ancestries, and speak over 400 languages, yet Australia continues to be represented as a racially and culturally homogenous society, especially in the field of mainstage Australian theatre. Using Ghassan Hage's concepts of containment, enrichment, and the dialectic of inclusion and exclusion, this paper examines the governance of multiculturalism and of multicultural workers in the field of Australian mainstage theatre, through contrapuntal readings of two recent theatre productions. It suggests that it is only through the self-representation of what Hage calls the multicultural Real that mainstage Australian theatre can move from specular distortion to a true mirror of contemporary Australia.' Source: Roanna Gonsalves.
1 3 Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime Roanna Gonsalves , Raimondo Cortese (editor), Damien Millar (editor), 2010 single work drama
1 Curry Muncher Roanna Gonsalves , 2009 2009 single work short story
— Appears in: Eureka Street 2008;