The Next Big Thing
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Find it hard to keep up with The Next Big Thing in books and writing? We’re here to help. The Next Big Thing is all about showcasing exciting new writers – those we believe are ones to watch.
Each month, we’ll focus on a different Australian state or territory, starting with our home base of Victoria in March, then New South Wales in April, and another region in May.
This is a golden opportunity to discover the work of writers hand-picked by us from around Australia, in the cosy surrounds of The Moat, where you can enjoy a drink and a bite as you’re entertained and enlightened.
These are the literary stars of tomorrow. Come and hear from them today.
For this month, our guests are Joel Meares, Robyn Cadwallader, Oliver Mol and Drew Rooke.
Robyn Cadwallader has published numerous prize-winning short stories, as well as a book of poetry and a non-fiction book based on her PhD thesis concerning attitudes to virginity and women in the Middle Ages.
Oliver Mol is a Sydney-based writer. He is a staff writer at The Adventure Handbook. He is 26. He grew up between America and Australia.
Joel Meares is the arts editor of Sydney Morning Herald and former editor of Time Out Sydney. A regular contributor to Good Weekend and Wired, Joel has also worked at the Columbia Journalism Review in New York, where he won a Mirror Award for profile writing, and at (sydney) magazine.
Drew Rooke is a Sydney-based non-fiction writer whose work deals with contemporary political and cultural issues and trends. His work has appeared in Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, Junkee, the Sydney Morning Herald and Stilts Journal.
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.