The Next Big Thing
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As arguments around the planet’s changing climate continue – and time rolls on – a growing set of writers have been exploring our personal and global responsibilities to the environment. How do human stakes change, and how do we negotiate our conflicting ideals? Is our future a dystopia? Can we possibly adapt?
Climate fiction opens readers to predicaments and dilemmas we may soon face in reality. Join us for a night of new writing that implicates our entire system of living.
Harriet McKnight’s work has been shortlisted for the 2014 Overland VU Short Story Prize, the 2015 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, and the 2016 Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. She works as managing editor of The Canary Press. Rain Birds is her debut novel.
Inga Simpson began her career as a professional writer for government before gaining a PhD in creative writing. In 2011, she took part in the Queensland Writers Centre Manuscript Development Program and, as a result, Hachette Australia published her first novel, Mr Wigg, in 2013.
Nest, Inga's second novel, was published in 2014, before being longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize, and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. Inga's third novel, the acclaimed Where the Trees Were, was published in 2016. She won the final Eric Rolls Prize for her nature writing and recently completed a second PhD, exploring the history of Australian nature writers. Her memoir about her love of Australian nature and life with trees, Understory, was published in June 2017.
Else Fitzgerald is a Melbourne-based writer. Her work has appeared in various places including Visible Ink, Australian Book Review, The Suburban Review, Offset and Award Winning Australian Writing. She is currently working on a collection of short speculative fiction exploring landscapes, language and technology and the ways they may shift and alter in a radically changing world.
Emma Hardy is a writer and creative working in Naarm (Melbourne). Her writing has been published in Voiceworks, Catalogue, Lip and Daily Life. She volunteers for the Lifted Brow, and is currently working on a Graduate Diploma in creative writing. She's interested in feminism, activism and the environment.
New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.
A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.
Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.