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 Skylarking, her debut novel. She is a writer and education project officer who currently works at the State Library Victoria. As a teacher, she has worked in schools, at RMIT University and has volunteered with Teachers Across Borders, delivering professional development to Khmer teachers in Cambodia. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Hurstbridge, Victoria.
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 Her debut collection, Fine, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and will be published by Allen and Unwin in 2016 – followed by her debut novel in 2017.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 is a writer, multimedia artist and descendant of the Wergaia and Wemba Wemba people from North Western Victoria. Her practice is concerned with the distances between place and people, themes she explores through poetry and media-based works. Based in Sydney, she works as a digital producer at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
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.
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.