Roanna Gonsalves (PhD., UNSW) is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP), published in India as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger). The book won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Multicultural Prize 2018, and was longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award 2018. It is on several lists of must-read books, and on the syllabi of university courses. Her work has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her four-part radio documentary series, On the tip of a billion tongues (ABC RN Earshot) is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. Her many honours include the Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Award, an Australian Writers’ Guild Award, and fellowships at Varuna and Bundanon. Roanna was the UNSW CAL Writer-in-Residence 2018, and The Bridge Awards’ inaugural Varuna – Cove Park Scotland writer-in-residence. She is founding co-editor of Southern Crossings, and serves on the Board of Writing NSW. She can be found at and @roannagonsalves.E