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Breaking Through: The Next Chapter Writers’ Scheme


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 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. After relocating to Narrm/Melbourne he completed an Arts degree and has since worked as independent critic and essayist in Narrm and N... Read more

Micaela Sahhar

Micaela Sahhar is an Australian-Palestinian writer and educator. Her current scholarly and creative projects relate to narrative appropriation and the recuperation of narrative in settler-colonial contexts. Her poetry and essays have appeared in the Age, Southerly, Overland, the Conversation, New Ma... Read more

Anne-Marie Te Whiu

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is a Māori-Australian writer, weaver, producer and editor – Solid Air: Australia and New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP) and Whisper Songs (UQP). Her writing has been published in Ora Nui, Te Whē, Sport, Cordite, Rabbit, among others. ... Read more

Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic from southwest New South Wales. After a long teaching career, she completed a doctorate in Australian literature and Aboriginal representation and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian Nat... Read more


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