Writing Contemporary Australia: Michelle de Kretser and Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Suneeta Peres da Costa

When:28 Mar 2019, 6:30pm - 8pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney, Gate 2, High Street, Kensington

Michelle de kretser

Presented by UNSWriting

Australia is changing more rapidly than politicians and public discourses can keep up with. However within the worlding of fiction, writers are able to explore and navigate the currents of everyday life as it plays out around us. Migration and movement across worlds is a common experience although it unfolds differently for different people.

How does fiction enable us to understand the world we live in? What forms of belonging does it explore?

Please join us for this panel with writers Michelle de Kretser and Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Suneeta Peres da Costa.

Concession Ticket: $5 || Full Price: $10 || Your ticket includes a free drink from Io's Foyer Bar.

Book Now

Michelle squareMichelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Sydney. She went to university in Melbourne and Paris, and is an honorary associate of the English Department at the University of Sydney. Michelle’s fiction has won numerous awards, including the Miles Franklin. Her longform essay On Shirley Hazzard will be published in October 2019. Michelle is currently writer in residence in the English Department at UNSW.

Photo credit: Mayu Kanamori


roanna 2Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP), winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Multicultural Prize 2018, and 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. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings, and has a PhD from UNSW. The Permanent Resident (UWAP) is published in South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger).


suneetaSuneeta Peres da Costa was born in Sydney to parents of Goan origin. She writes fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry. Her debut novel, Homework, was published internationally by Bloomsbury in 1999; a novella, Saudade, on the legacies of Portuguese colonialism and the Goan diaspora in Angola, was published by Giramondo in 2018 and is forthcoming from Transit Books USA and Canada in 2019. Her literary honours include a Fulbright Scholarship, the Australia Council for the Arts BR Whiting Residency, Rome, and, recently, an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange to the Australian and New Zealand Studies Centre at Himachal Pradesh University, India.

Photo credit: Leonie Oakes


The Art of the Sentence // A Masterclass with Michelle de Kretser

Thursday 21 March
1pm to 4pm

Sentence after sentence after sentence … is how a book is built. All prose writers, from the most acclaimed to the newest, work with sentences. In this workshop, we’ll discuss examples of good sentences and those that require more work. We’ll consider word choices and syntax, and look at sentences that work hard. Writing exercises will help you come up with stronger, livelier sentences.

This workshop will be best suited to emerging writers who want to take their prose to the next level. Participants are asked to bring a print out of 500 words of their own prose to the masterclass as well as a pen and paper.

More Info

The School of the Arts and Media acknowledges the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for supporting this project. 

Copyright Agency


Cultivating flows of ideas and good writing
Connecting writers, publishers and students
Offering special events, workshops and public talks

Director of UNSWriting
Associate Professor, Stephanie Bishop
Contact // stephanie.bishop@unsw.edu.au

Guest director for this event is Asociate Professor Anne Brewster

Find out more
Sign up to the UNSWriting mailing list to hear about upcoming events and opportunities here.
Hear recordings of previous UNSWriting events here

Finding us

Io Myers Studio is located at the entrance to Gate 2 High St, Kensington. Look for the Creative Practice Lab neon sign in our foyer windows.

There is limited parking in the Gate 2 area around Io Myers Studio but free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave.

More information on getting to UNSW.
Download a campus map.  (PDF)

Produced by UNSW Creative Practice Lab

View Past Events
Join our Newsletters