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Becoming and Belonging


This event can no longer go ahead on Monday 27 September at The Moat and will now be presented as an Instagram Live event. The running order will be released on the Wheeler Centre Instagram page (@wheelercentre) prior to the event day. On the night, instructions posted to our stories will direct you to each speaker’s personal Instagram page as they go live for their reading. To watch this event, you will need to have access to an Instagram account. While not essential for viewing, by ordering a ticket you are signing up to receive a reminder on the day to tune in.

Whoever we are and wherever we go, we’re always looking for something to belong to. Whether it’s through community, culture or family – the people we surround ourselves with and the passions we pursue shape our sense of self and connection to the world around us.

Sinéad Stubbins’ memoir In My Defence, I Have No Defence interrogates self-improvement and impossible standards through the lens of pop culture. Paige Clark’s short-story collection She Is Haunted offers piercing insights into the search for recognition and empathy. Wen-Juenn Lee and Grace Yee’s contributions to the new anthology A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa NZ explore memory and perpetual otherness.

At this Next Big Thing event, we’ll hear readings about becoming and belonging from these four electric writers. 

The online bookseller for this event is Readings.


Sinéad Stubbins

Sinéad Stubbins is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and cultural critic, and the author of In My Defence, I Have No Defence. She made her name writing TV recaps for Junkee on shows such as The Bachelor and Game of Thrones, and she’s also on the writing team for The Weekly with Charlie Pic... Read more

Wen-Juenn Lee

Wen-Juenn is a poet and editor who lives on unceded Wurundjeri land. In her writing, she is interested in gaps, leaks and spillage; in the things that create and betray boundaries. Leaks often take the form of place, memory, and the body in her work. Her writing has been published or is forth... Read more

Paige Clark

Paige Clark is a Chinese/American/Australian fiction writer, researcher and teacher. Her first book of fiction, She Is Haunted, will be published in 2021 by Allen & Unwin.

Grace Yee

Grace Yee is a Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria (2019-21) where she is working on a collection of poems inspired by the stories of early settler Chinese and their descendants in Victoria. Her poems have most recently appeared in Overland, Rabbit, Westerly, and A Clear Dawn: New Asian... Read more

Portrait of Lauren Taylor
Lauren Taylor

Lauren is the Wheeler Centre’s Programme Producer. She has worked extensively across Melbourne’s arts and cultural sector as a creative producer, programmer, broadcaster, podcaster, facilitator and media maker with organisations including Triple R, Monash University Performing Arts Centres, MPav... Read more

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