The Next Big Thing
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Maybe Australia’s convict past is to blame, but we can’t seem to get enough of crime fiction – we love reading it and we’re really good at writing it. Join us for a night of whodunnits, unexpected twists and vignettes from the seedy, sometimes inscrutable underbelly of the human psyche. And drinks!
Make like CSI and enhance your Monday with this criminally talented clutch of writers from both sides of the law: Emma Viskic, J.M. Green, Anna Snoekstra and Laura Woollett.
Laura Elizabeth Woollett is a Melbourne-based author. Her short story collection The Love of a Bad Man (2016) was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction in 2017.
Her latest novel, Beautiful Revolutionary (2018), follows a young couple who join Jim Jones' Peoples Temple in late 1960s California. She is currently working on her next book, The Newcomer, a murder mystery set on a fictional island.
Emma Viskic’s critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series has been published world-wide and won numerous awards. Resurrection Bay won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and an unprecedented three Davitt Awards. It was shortlisted for the UK’s prestigious Gold Dagger and New Blood Awards and is currently nominated for a Barry Award in the United States. And Fire Came Down won the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Crime Novel and was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award.
Anna Snoekstra is Melbourne-based novelist, and the author of Only Daughter – her debut book, published by Harlequin MIRA and optioned for film by Universal Pictures.
After finishing university, Anna wrote for independent films and fringe theatre, and directed music videos. During this time, she worked as a cheesemonger, a waitress, a barista, a nanny, a receptionist, a cinema attendant and a film reviewer.
J. M. Green is the author of Good Money, the first crime-noir novel featuring social worker Stella Hardy. It was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.
Green studied professional writing at RMIT. Her work has appeared in Overland and received an honourable mention in the Sisters in Crime Scarlett Stiletto Short Story competition. She divides her time between writing in her backyard studio and working as a librarian in Melbourne's western suburbs.
Want to meet tomorrow’s literary stars today? Let us introduce you.
Our long-running Next Big Thing series is our showcase for great new local talent. You’ll hear emerging writers reading from bold and adventurous work. Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat at the Moat, while your future favourite authors knock your socks off.