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Walking in Another’s Shoes: How to Approach Sensitivity Reading

21 October 2023 | 11:00 am - 1 June 2024 | 11:55 pm

The Conference was both a live and online event with in-person sessions livestreamed to a virtual audience. All recordings of in-person plenary sessions, interviews and panels are included in your access ticket. There is no option to buy recordings of individual sessions.



Sensitivity reading has become extremely useful when an author is writing ‘the other’. But what challenges arise from such a practice? How do you find a suitable reader? How much weight should be placed on one opinion? What consequences arise if you don’t seek, or can’t source, such guidance? Roanna Gonsalves will consider all these questions and more with Robyn Cadwallader, Greg Johnston and Rachel Bin Salleh.


About Robyn Cadwallader

Robyn lives among birdlife and vineyards in Ngunnawal country outside Canberra. She has published a poetry collection, i painted unafraid (Wakefield, 2010), a non-fiction book about virginity and female agency in the Middle Ages, and has edited a collection of essays on asylum seeker policy, We Are Better Than This (ATF, 2015). Her first novel, The Anchoress, (HarperCollins, 2015), was published in Australia and internationally. Her second novel, Book of Colours (HarperCollins, 2018), won the 2019 ACT Book of the Year Award. Her latest novel, The Fire and the Rose, (HarperCollins) was released in May this year.

About Rachel Bin Salleh

Rachel is a Nimunburr/Yawuru woman from Broome and the Publisher at Magabala Books. She has worked as Project Editor, Editor, Production Co-ordinator, Marketing Assistant, Sales and Administration Manager. She has worked at her local bookshop and served on the boards of Magabala Books, SPN, APA, Writing WA, Centre for Stories, FNAWN. She has judged various awards and fellowships and contributes to furthering First Nations writing & storytelling in general. She was awarded the Writing WA Literary Lions Medal for outstanding contribution to Western Australia’s literary culture (2020). She is the author of Alfred’s War (2018) and has raised four sons.

About Greg Johnston

G.S. Johnston is the author of three historical novels, Sweet Bitter Cane (2019), The Cast of a Hand (2015), The Skin of Water (2012). And a fourth novel set in contemporary Hong Kong, Consumption (2011). The novels are noted for their complex characters and well-researched settings.

About Roanna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves is the award-winning author of The Permanent Resident. Her four-part radio series On the tip of a billion tongues, commissioned and broadcast by ABC RN’s Earshot program, is a portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. She works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at UNSW Sydney.

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21 October 2023 | 11:00 am
1 June 2024 | 11:55 pm
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