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October 4, 2011

I Am Jack at the Seymour Centre ~ Special Charity Performance

‘I Am Jack’ Charity Event for Alannah & Madeline Foundation

With Monkey Baa Theatre & Susanne Gervay


I AM JACK with Tim McGarry

Writers, illustrators, actors, film and family will be there to raise awareness of bullying and the right for everyone to be all they can be.

 The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is a national children’s charity keeping children safe from violence by providing care, prevention programs and advocacy. The Foundation was set up in a memory of two children, Alannah and Madeline Mikac aged 6 and 3, who along with their mother and 32 other people, were tragically killed at Port Arthur, Tasmania.

In the finest tradition of the one person show Tim McGarry gave a stunningly good performance. It was like watching Billy Crystal ~ Adam Kronenberg, Artistic Director Outback Theatre

What a show… The professionalism displayed by Tim McGarry (actor) and the crew was something rarely seen in these remote parts of the world…we need to resource more opportunities like this to engage our young people. It was also great to meet Susanne Gervay in Lightning Ridge, what a lady, inspiring to say the least! ~George McCormick, Walgett Shire Council

7 p.m. Friday 4th November 2011  

At: Seymour Centre Sydney

Cost: $30 with all proceeds to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation


PH:    02 9351 7938 / 0414 924783;  FAX:  02 9036 7037

 I AM JACK flyer

I’ll be there … I look forward to seeing you.

September 30, 2011

Australian Writers Guild award winning script.

Huge congratulations to Roanna Gonsalves and her collaborators, Damien Millar, Raimondo Cortese, Görkem Acaroğlu, and the company of actors. Their script for the play Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime, which was produced by Melbourne Workers Theatre and performed in Melbourne in November 2010, won a prestigious Australian Writers Guild award for best script in the Community and Youth Theatre category. Award Winners were announced at a glittering ceremony on Friday September 23, 2011

Roanna Gonsalves

Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime was mainly constructed using the actual words of many Indian students who were attacked in Melbourne, education agents, counsellors, other Indian Australians, even a couple of young men who hold white supremacist views. Using humour, music and a bit of Bollywood dancing, the play presents a nuanced view of the attacks, and provides a space in which the actual words of the victims can be heard. The play had audiences laughing loudly as well as sobbing throughout the performance, and was a sell-out last year.

Roanna dedicated the award to the Indian students who were killed, namely Nitin Garg and Tosha Thakkar, and all Indian students who have experienced physical and verbal attacks in Australia. Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime has been invited to perform at Mumbai’s renowned Kala Ghoda festival in 2012. They are looking for sponsors to help them get to Mumbai.

Roanna is a graduate of the UTS Writing program, is currently doing a PhD at UNSW, and is also working on a television documentary with director Ana Tiwary of indiVisual films about Indian students in Australia, a play for Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye Initiative with director Susanna Dowling, and a novel set in India.

Roanna is also an advocate for a better representation of cultural diversity in the arts in Australia, and recently had an academic journal article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the European Association of Studies on Australia. The article is entitled Multiculturalism and Mainstage Australian Theatre, and examines ways in which multiculturalism is governed on the Australian stage, and possible ways in which it may move towards becoming a better mirror of contemporary Australian society.”

 Canterbury-Bankstown Express article

YouTube trailer

The Australian Review of Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime

Roanna is also featured in the Spring issue of UTS Writers Alumni Writers Connect.

Please also see Roanna’s radio documentary Doosra,the Life and Times of an Indian student in Australia which was broadcast on ABC Radio National in February and Curry Muncher, a short story, published in Eureka Street.

August 31, 2011




(c) Abdul Hekmat Karim

Abdul is a University of Technology Sydney Graduate and a member of the UTS Writers’ Alumni. Originally from Afghanistan, he is now an Australian and volunteers at Villawood where he is an active advocate for refugees.

 The Australian government insists that many Afghan asylum seekers are not in need of protection, and can be forced to return. Most Afghans seeking refuge in Australia are from Hazara communities.

What is life like for Hazaras in Afghanistan – is it a safe haven?

 Abdul Karim Hekmat, a UTS graduate and former refugee from Afghanistan, documents his journey to the Hazara regions in 2010.

His pictures of daily life and continuing persecution, offer a profound insight into the humanity and the personal suffering of the Afghan people.


A Conference will be held on the final day of the Unsafe Haven Exhibition



 UTS Tower Foyer, Level 4

15 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007

 Be sure to drop in and view Abdul’s photographic exhibition.


September 30, 2010

Celtic Handfasting ceremony and news of Varuna Fellowship


Congratulations to two dear friends and Season of Inspiration writers.

On a glorious Spring day on the Sydney harbour foreshore, I attended the Celtic Handfasting ceremony for Avril Carruthers and Roger Adam Smith in the grounds of Strickland House, Vaucluse; followed by a champagne picnic lunch and croquembouche. I enjoyed delightful company and delish food, as well as witnessing a traditional Celtic hand-fasting. It was such a pleasure to be part of the ceremony and share Avril and Roger’s joy. The pictures tell the story.


As well as being the author of Let Go of Your Past and Live, published Allen & Unwin, Avril also writes poetry and fiction and contributed to the Season of Inspiration Peacock Memosaic.



 Varuna Writing Fellowship 2011

Andrew Y M Kwong who has just been notified that he’s a recipient of a Varuna Writing Fellowship 2011. Andrew has been working on his memoirs of growing up in and eventually escaping Mao’s China. It is a gripping and heart-rending tale that vividly portrays the way the human spirit can flourish even in the worst of times. He’ll now have the opportunity to work intensively on his manuscript in consultation with Varuna’s Creative Director and Creative Team. Well done, Andrew. As well as being one of our Season of Inspiration writers who contributed to the Peacock Memosaic, Andrew has a story “Snake Business” in Fear Factor Terror Incognito, published Picador India and Australia. 


Andrew Y M Kwong with David Malouf and Rosie Scott at the Sydney Hughenden launch of 'Fear Factor Terror Incognito'.


Andrew on the panel at UTS TFC Fear Factor Terror Incognito event.

June 22, 2010

UTS students headline journalism award nominations – University of Technology, Sydney


UTS students headline journalism award nominations – University of Technology, Sydney



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