Debut Mondays

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Debut Mondays

The first event ever to run at the Wheeler Centre was a Debut Mondays session, and two years On, we’re just as committed to fostering new talent.

Whether it’s meeting Australian literature’s newest wunderkind or hearing a known quantity strike a bold new path, Debut Mondays is your chance to discover some great new writing. Each month we’ll introduce you to a selection of new voices from across Victoria and beyond, including a special guest in every session from Voiceworks magazine.

Debut Mondays has moved to the Wheeler Centre’s new cafe/bar the MOAT. So pop in, grab a drink and enjoy the stories.

This month, join us for Kristin Henry, Hannah Richell, Sydney Smith and Amber Beilharz.


Portrait of Amber Beilharz

Amber Beilharz

Amber Beilharz’s stories have been published in Hunger Mountain, antiTHESIS and Voiceworks, and shortlisted for the Judith Rodriguez Prize in 2010. She has also edited Verandah 25 and co-runs a poetry blog at, edits poetry for Voiceworks and tweets @velvetbrownfox.

Portrait of Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is a past winner of The Age Short Story Competition, and her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Age, Griffith REVIEW, Island, Imago and the New England Review. She founded and co-ordinates the Victorian Mentoring Service for Writers. The Lost Woman is her first book.

Portrait of Kristin Henry

Kristin Henry

Kristin Henry is a Melbourne poet who loves connecting with a live audience. She has read and sung her poetry in many venues throughout Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom over the past 25 years.

Portrait of Hannah Richell

Hannah Richell

Hannah Richell now lives in Sydney with her husband and their two young children. Secrets of the Tides is her first novel and she is currently hard at work on her second.

Debut Mondays

Readers are spoilt for choice: bookshops are overflowing with the great, the good (and the rest), and it could not be harder to choose what to read next.

Let Debut Mondays be your guide to the best of new local writing. Come and have a glass of wine and discover the best new writers around.


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