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2016 Emerging Writers’ Festival edition


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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

Kate Mildenhall is a writer and teacher. Her debut novel, Skylarking, was longlisted for Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Award and her bestselling The Mother Fault was longlisted for the 2021 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the 2020 Au... Read more

Michelle Wright

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 Her debut collection, Fine, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and will be published by Allen and Unwin in 2016 – followed by her debut novel in 2017. She has been awarded a Writers Victoria Templebe... Read more

Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson is a proud Wergaia & Wemba Wemba woman from Western Victoria who writes poetry and nonfiction. Her work reflects on the hidden layers of visual arts practice, Country, memory and place, and has been published by galleries, poetry and literature journals in Australia and abroad. Su... Read more

Rajith Savanadasa

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 ... Read more


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