Writing and Society Research Centre seminar series

Event Name
Writing and Society Research Centre seminar series
28 August 2019
01:00 pm - 02:30 pm
Parramatta South Campus

Address (Room): Female Orphan School, EZ.G.23, Parramatta South campus


Tishani Doshi is an award-winning feminist writer, poet and dancer. Tishani will be reading from her most recent work, a collection of poems entitled Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. She will be in conversation with Roanna Gonsalves, award-winning author of The Permanent Resident.

Tishani Doshi is an award-winning writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent. Born in Madras, India, in 1975, she received a Masters in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and worked in London in advertising, before returning to India in 2001, where a chance encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. In 2006, Tishani’s book of poems, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry and winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010 and has been translated into several languages. Tishani Doshi’s most recent books include a collection of poems, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award) and a novel, Small Days and Nights (Bloomsbury). She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu with her husband and three dogs. Tishani Doshi is a guest of the Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival.

Dr Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) which won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Multicultural Prize 2018, and was longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award. It is published in India as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger). Her work has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Roanna’s four-part radio series, On the tip of a billion tongues ( Earshot, ABC RN) is an acerbic exploration of contemporary India through its multilingual literature. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and is founding co-editor of Southern Crossings. See more at https://roannagonsalves.com.au

Speakers: Tishani Doshi and Roanna Gonsalves

Web page: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/writing_and_society/events/writing_and_society_seminars

Name: Suzanne Gapps


Phone: x9377

School / Department: Writing & Society Research Centre