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Full Bloom


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This event, scheduled to take place on Monday 9 August is cancelled. This is in response to current  Victorian public health advice and the restrictions on public events.

Whether we’re talking early bloomers, late bloomers, or those who are right on time, stepping into a new chapter of our lives can be exciting, comforting, and often surprising.

 In this edition of The Next Big Thing, we’re exploring what it feels like to blossom in authentic and sometimes unexpected directions. 

 Clem Bastow’s memoir Late Bloomer recounts her experience of an adult autism diagnosis; Shelley Parker-Chan’s novel She Becomes the Sun is a bold queer retelling of the rise to power of Zhu Yuanzhang, founding Emperor of the Ming Dynasty;  and Jess Zanoni’s fiction piece, ‘Lodestar’ – published in Voiceworks – finds two sisters returning to old memories when they learn their childhood home is due to be demolished.

 Join us over a drink at the Moat to hear these four exciting writers share readings about growth and transformation.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

Please note Sara El Sayed is no longer able to appear at this event.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. Read more about our live events plan here Check, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.


Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow’s debut nonfiction book Late Bloomer was published in July 2021. Her writing appears regularly in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She co-wrote and co-presented the 2017 ABC podcast Behind The Belt, a documentary “deep di... Read more

Shelley Parker-Chan

Shelley Parker-Chan is an Asian-Australian former diplomat and international development adviser who spent nearly a decade working on human rights, gender equality and LGBT rights in Southeast Asia. Named after the Romantic poet, she was raised on a steady diet of Greek myths, Arthurian legend and C... Read more

Jess Zanoni

Jess Zanoni is a writer and musician. She makes music in Arbes and Za Noon. She is the current Program Coordinator of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Her work has appeared in The Age, Cordite Poetry Review, Voiceworks, The Victorian Writer, Beat Magazine and sick leave. ... Read more

Sophie Overett

Sophie Overett is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster and cultural producer. Her stories have been published in Griffith Review, Going Down Swinging, Overland, The Sleepers Almanac, and elsewhere. She won the 2018 AAWP Short Story Prize, and her work has been shortlisted for multiple awa... Read more

Lauren Taylor

Lauren is the Wheeler Centre’s Senior Programme and Podcast Producer. She has worked extensively across Melbourne’s arts and cultural sector as a creative producer, programmer, broadcaster, podcaster, facilitator and media maker with organisations including Triple R, Monash University Performing... Read more


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