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Roxane Gay in conversation

15 March 2022
1.00pm – 2.00pm AEDT
Roundhouse, UNSW Sydney
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Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay | Nicole Watson

Sharp, tough, funny and humane, Roxane Gay’s work spans fiction, non-fiction and commentary. Since she came to global notice with ‘Bad Feminist’, she has published essays, stories and a memoir that take on questions of race, misogyny, trauma and body-shaming. Join us for a special conversation with UNSW academic Nicole Watson, a Murri woman who works on Indigenous storytelling.  

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and supported by the Sydney Opera House

The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (E6 on map).  


Your health and safety is our top priority, please read the information below regarding your visit. These measures are regularly updated and reviewed in consideration of the public health order prevailing at the time, so please check back prior to attending the event.  

Please follow our conditions of entry at all times: 

  • Please do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

  • Face masks are encouraged, but are not mandatory.


Please note this is a live event only. This event will not be available via livestream. To access the recording of this conversation, subscribe to the Centre for Ideas newsletter or podcast





Wheelchair Access
The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (E6 on map). The closest accessible drop off point to the Roundhouse is the north entrance (D5 on map). Vehicles need to arrive via High Street, Gate 2, follow the road to Third Avenue and turn onto 1st Ave West. The closest accessible parking is available in the Western Campus Car Park on Anzac Parade (G2 on map). 

Assisted Listening
The Roundhouse has a hearing loop. 

The UNSW Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request. 

To discuss other access requirements and book selected services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email


There are multiple paid carparks at UNSW Sydney including: 

  • Western Campus Carpark with entry off Day Avenue 

  • Barker St Carpark with entry through Gate 14 

  • Botany St Carpark with entry through Gate 11 

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’. For more information head here


For event enquiries or to discuss your access requirements, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9065 0485. 

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, The New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and The New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda, the Marvel comic book series. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects. She also has a newsletter, The Audacity.

Photo credit: Jay Grabiec

Nicole Watson

Nicole Watson

Nicole Watson is a Murri academic from south-east Queensland, whose family hail from the Munanjali and Birri Gubba peoples. She is the Director of Nura Gili Academic Programs at UNSW and has an LLB, an LLM and a DCA. Nicole has published a large body of work on legal issues that are pertinent to Indigenous peoples. Her most recent work is looking at how the stories of Indigenous peoples can be incorporated into legal decision making.

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