The Next Big Thing
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New and emerging writers? You can’t go past the Emerging Writers’ Festival; effectively a festival full of Next Big Things, and a fertile breeding ground for bold experiments in Australian literature.
Come and celebrate the best new writers around – and hear readings from the cream of this year’s EWF crop.
Jamie Marina Lau is a young writer and artist from Melbourne. Her work focuses on themes of cultural, racial and gender identity. She has appeared in Voiceworks, Rookie Magazine, the 2016 Verge anthology, Art Hoe Collective and Cordite Literary Review. Her first book will be published in 2017 by The Lifted Brow.
Brodie Lancaster is a critic and editor based in Melbourne. From 2012 to 2017 she was the editor of Filmme Fatales, a print zine about the places where film and feminism intersect. She has contributed writing to publications including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Rookie and New York magazine. Her first book, a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine was published by Hachette in 2017.
Dan Findlay is a historian by training and an editor by trade. Dan has over ten years experience working on Australia’s leading youth magazines. He also has over a decade of freelance experience as a writer and photographer for Rolling Stone, as well as contributing the odd music story to Sydney Morning Herald and writing for a wide variety of other pop culture titles. Year of the Orphan is his first novel.
Sally Abbott is a former journalist and PR consultant who lives in Central Victoria with her partner and dog. She was the inaugural winner of the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in 2015. Her first novel, Closing Down, will be published in May 2017.
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.