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Breaking and Entering: The Next Chapter Writers’ Scheme


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


This is a free event. Bookings are not required.


Jumaana Abdu

Jumaana Abdu is a Sydney-raised writer of Egyptian-Palestinian heritage. She is entering her final year in a Doctor of Medicine at UNSW, and moonlights as a novelist with an interest in spirituality, gothic romanticism, and the reductiveness of having to define one’s identity or translate one’s ... 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 Deane

Josie/Jocelyn Deane is a programmer/freelance editor/translator. Their work has appeared in Rabbit Journal, Overland, The Suburban Review and Going Down Swinging, among others.They were one of the recipients of the Queensland Poetry Festival Ekphrasis award for 2020, as well as the Ultimo Poetry Pri... Read more

Luke Patterson

Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet and folklorist living on Gadigal lands. He is interested in the ways bioregional identities and consciousness are expressed through localised and vernacular forms. Luke’s research and creative pursuits are grounded in his extensive work with Aboriginal and other ... Read more

Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction, and her new collection, The World Was Whole was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. Her poetry collections are Kn... Read more


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