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 Perth-born, Melbourne-based author. Her first novel The Wood of Suicides was published in early 2014. Her short fiction collection The Love of a Bad Man was published in 2016 by Scribe Publications.
She was the winner of the 2014 John Marsden/ Hachette Prize for Fiction, and has had recent work appear in Award Winning Australian Writing, The Suburban Review, and Voiceworks. She is currently working on her second novel Beautiful Revolutionary, about a young couple who enter the orbit of Jim Jones' Peoples Temple in late '60s California.
Emma Viskic is the Melbourne-based author of the critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series of books, which has been published in numerous countries, including the US and UK. Resurrection Bay won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and an unprecedented three Davitt Awards. It was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of the Year, and is currently shortlisted for the UK’s prestigious Gold Dagger and New Blood Awards. And Fire Came Down won the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Crime Novel and was recently launched in the UK at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Also a classically trained clarinettist, Emma’s musical career ranged from performing in operas and musicals, to playing at an engagement party that ended in a brawl. She is currently working on the third novel in the Caleb Zelic series, with the help of a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.
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.
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.