The Next Big Thing
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The Next Big Thing is all about showcasing exciting new writers – and where better to discover the next crop of textual talent than at the Emerging Writers’ Festival?
In this special EWF edition of a Wheeler Centre staple, you’ll hear from Kate Mildenhall, Michelle Wright, Susie Anderson and Rajith Savanadasa in the cosy surrounds of The Moat.
Kate Mildenhall is the author of two works of fiction Skylarking (2016) and The Mother Fault (2020). She co-hosts The First Time podcast, a podcast about the first time you publish a book. Kate lives in Hurstbridge on Wurundjeri lands, with her partner and two children. She is currently working on her third novel.
Michelle Wright is a writer of short stories. Her debut collection, Fine, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and will be published by Allen and Unwin in 2016 – followed by her debut novel in 2017.
Susie Anderson writes from the nexus of compassion and resistance. Her poetry and nonfiction are widely published online and in print, such as in Archer, Artist Profile, Artlink, un magazine, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia and in many poetry anthologies.
In 2018, she was runner-up in the Overland Poetry Prize and awarded the Emerging Writer's Fellowship at State Library Victoria; in 2019, she was awarded a Writer's Victoria Neilma Sidney Grant and a recipient of the Overland Writers Residency. In 2020, she edited the online journal, Tell Me Like You Mean It Volume 4, for Australian Poetry and Cordite Poetry Review. She is a 2021 black&write! Fellow.
Her professional practice is as a digital producer in the arts and creative industries ranging from Sydney, London and Melbourne. Leveraging her position within institutions, she attempts to bring about change by uncovering and amplifying stories from her own and other communities. Descended from the Wergaia and Wemba Wemba peoples of Western Victoria, she currently lives on Boon Wurrung land in Melbourne.
Rajith Savanadasa was born in Sri Lanka. He runs Open City Stories, a website documenting the lives of a group of asylum seekers in Melbourne. Rajith was shortlisted for the Asia-Europe Foundation short story prize in 2013, the Fish Publishing short story prize in 2013 and received a Wheeler Centre Hotdesk Fellowship in 2014. His debut novel, Ruins, will be published by Hachette Australia in 2016.
The Next Big Thing takes place every month at the Moat and is a cherished Melbourne institution. It's the place to be if you want to hear great emerging writers read from new and adventurous work.
Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat, while sampling writing from tomorrow's best and brightest literary stars.