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What does it mean to find your voice as a young person and as a writer? What stories are important to teens right now? And how can we make sure these stories are being heard and have an impact on the world?

In this edition of The Next Big Thing, host Tierney Khan will be joined by teen climate activist Jean Hinchliffe, 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award-winner and Stella Prize longlisted young adult writer Cath Moore, YA author and playwright Gabriel Bergmoser, and poet Janiru Liyanage, as they discuss writing, advocacy and making a difference. Join us at The Moat to hear some of the most exciting new writing for and by teens.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.


Gabriel Bergmoser

Gabriel Bergmoser is a Melbourne based author and playwright. After starting out in the youth theatre scene with his early plays Windmills, Life Without Me and Hometown, Gabriel completed his Masters of Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts. He co-founded the independent production ... Read more

Jean Hinchliffe

Jean Hinchliffe is a 17-year-old climate activist and an organiser within School Strike 4 Climate. She campaigns for legislative action against the sourcing and usage of fossil fuels, along with pushing for Australia to become fully carbon neutral. Jean is passionate about social, political, and env... Read more

Cath Moore

Of Afro Caribbean and Anglo Irish heritage, Cath Moore is a freelance writer, award-winning filmmaker and educator. She has written for the Age, Huffington Post Australia and SBS Life and has also worked as a story developer for screen content. Cath is a published academic with a PhD in Danish s... Read more

Janiru Liyanage

Janiru Liyanage is a 16-year-old school student and poet. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net with recent work appearing or featured in/on The Harvard Advocate, Muzzle Magazine, DIAGRAM, Frontier Poetry, The Poetry Society, [PANK], Wildness Journal, Cordite Poetry ... Read more

Tierney Khan

Tierney Khan has always been passionate about using words to express her opinions and to stand up for what she believes in. In 2020 she became the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award Victorian State Champion with a speech titled ‘Not another speech about feminism’, and has since utilised those ski... Read more


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176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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