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Breaking and Entering: The Next Chapter Writers’ Scheme


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The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter writers’ scheme is changing the Australian publishing landscape by providing a foot in the door for writers who have historically been overlooked by the industry.

In this panel discussion, inaugural Next Chapter recipient Ennis Ćehić, whose recently released short collection Sadvertising was developed as part of the scheme, and current participants Jumaana Abdu, Luke Patterson and Josie/Jocelyn Deane, will explore the ways contemporary emerging writers are making the most of opportunities to break down barriers and challenge the conventions of traditional Australian publishing.

The discussion will be hosted by Fiona Wright, poet and author of the essay collections Small Acts of Disappearance and The World Was Whole, and 2021 Next Chapter judge.

Presented in partnership with Sydney Writers’ Festival


Jumaana Abdu

Jumaana Abdu is currently working on her debut novel, which was a finalist for the 2022 Ray Koppe/ASA Young Writer’s Fellowship. As a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter fellow, she has completed a writer’s residency at Varuna. Her work has been published in Kill Your Darlings, The Griffith Revi... Read more

Ennis Cehic

Ennis Cehic is a writer living and working between Melbourne and Sarajevo. His writing focuses on ideas of displacement, creativity, identity and existentialism. His work, including essays, poetry, fiction and memoir has been published in a variety of literary journals and publications including th... Read more

Josie/Jocelyn Suzanne

Josie/Jocelyn Suzanne is a freelance editor/writer/programmer. Their work has appeared in Cordite, Southerly, Rabbit Journal and Overland, among others. They were shortlisted for the 2022 Val Vallis award, and were the recipient of the 2021 Harri Jones memorial prize, as well as being one of the 202... Read more

Luke Patterson

Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet, educator and musician living on Gadigal lands. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit, Running Dog and The Suburban Review. Luke’s research and creative pursuits are grounded in extensive work with First Nations and other community-bas... Read more

Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. Her poetry collections are Knuckled and Domestic Interior, and her most recent essay collection is The World Was Whole. She is currentl... Read more


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