The Next Big Thing

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2018 Emerging Writers’ Festival Edition

New and emerging writers? You can’t go past the Emerging Writers’ Festival; effectively a festival full of Next Big Things, and a fertile breeding ground for bold experiments in Australian literature.

Come and celebrate the best new writers around – and hear readings from the cream of this year’s EWF crop. Featuring Emma Marie Jones, Odette Kelada, Marjon Mossammaparast and Sumudu Samarawickrama.

Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Readings will be our bookseller for this event.


Portrait of Emma Marie Jones

Emma Marie Jones

Emma Marie Jones is a Melbourne-based writer, 2015 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and 2016 Felix Meyer Scholar. She is the author of Something To Be Tiptoed Around, a work shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers in 2015 and due for release by Grattan Street Press in 2018. Emma’s work can be found in journals The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Seizure and others. She is currently working on her first novel.

Portrait of Odette Kelada

Odette Kelada

Odette Kelada is a Lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of Culture and Communication. She has a PhD in literature researching the lives of Australian women writers. 

Her writing focuses on marginalised voices, gender and racial literacy, and has appeared in numerous publications including the Australian Cultural History Journal, Outskirts, Postcolonial Studies and the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. Her novel, Drawing Sybylla, won the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2017.

Portrait of Sumudu Samarawickrama

Sumudu Samarawickrama

Sumudu Samarawickrama is from Werribee, Australia. Her work has appeared in Boston Review and Overland. Sumudu is part of FCAC’s West Writers Group, and is writing a collection of surreal sci-fi.

Portrait of Marjon Mossammaparast

Marjon Mossammaparast

Marjon Mossammaparast is an Iranian-born poet from Melbourne. She has lived and worked in Italy, China and Macau.

Marjon is a practising English teacher, and has been involved in educational endeavours across the state and at tertiary level. Marjon’s poetry has appeared in a wide range of Australian literary publications, including Best Australian Poems, the Weekend Australian, Canberra Times, Southerly, Mascara, Quadrant, Eureka Street and the Australian Poetry Journal, as well as international publications Antipodes (US) and The Moth Magazine (UK). Her first collection of poetry, That Sight, is being published this year through Cordite Books.

The Next Big Thing

New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.

A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.

Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.


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