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Breaking Through: The Next Chapter Writers’ Scheme


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Please note Hasib Hourani will no longer be appearing at this event.

The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter writers’ scheme is designed to give underrepresented voices a step-up, providing the time, space and introductions necessary to get a foot in the door and shake up the discourse within Australian publishing from the inside. In this panel discussion, Next Chapter recipients past and present, including Tristen Harwood, Micaela Sahhar, and Anne-Marie Te Whiu, will share their experiences of the scheme and discuss the many ways emerging writers are making the most of opportunities to break through barriers and challenge the assumptions of Australian publishing. Hosted by poet, academic and 2021 Next Chapter judge and mentor Jeanine Leane.


Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival.

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Tristen Harwood

Tristen Harwood is an Indigenous writer, critic, editor and researcher. The eldest of seven children, he was raised in Perth’s outer suburbs by a single mother on welfare. His poetry and short fiction is concerned with ambiguous loss, wounded attachment, and homesickness. Tristen has published wri... Read more

Micaela Sahhar

Micaela Sahhar is an Australian-Palestinian writer and educator. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Overland, Cordite, the Age, Southerly, and the Conversation, among others, and she was shortlisted for the Blake Poetry Prize in 2014. She was commissioned to contribute to Forensic Architecture... Read more

Anne-Marie Te Whiu

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is an Australian-born Māori whose whakapapa belongs to Te Rarawa in the Hokianga, Aotearoa. She is a poet, weaver, editor and festival director, having co-directed the QLD Poetry Festival from 2017 -2019. She is currently working at Red Room Poetry where she leads the internation... Read more

Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane belongs to the Wiradjuri people from the Murrumbidgee River in south west NSW. She is a writer poet and teacher whose prose, essays and poetry have been published widely in Australia and abroad. She is the editor of Guwayu – for all times: A collection of First Nations Poetry and cur... Read more


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