The Next Big Thing
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For the night before Halloween, join us in the basement for an hour of readings that’ll rattle your notions of a comfortable, predictable world. We’re not just talking ghost stories, either – anything that leaves you feeling unsettled and unnerved is fair game.
Be they thrillers, chillers or blood-spillers … the one thing these tales won’t be is vanilla.
Hosted by Louise Swinn.
Louise Swinn is a writer, editor, publisher and reviewer. Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Louise was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize.
Born in England and based in Melbourne, Rose Michael is a writer, editor and academic who has been published in Griffith REVIEW, Best Australian Stories, Island, Muse and Cultural Studies Review.
Her first novel The Asking Game (Transit Lounge, 2007) was a runner-up for the Allen & Unwin/Vogel's Award and received an Aurealis Award honourable mention.
An early extract of The Art of Navigation was published in Review of Australian Fiction.
Cath Ferla is the author of Ghost Girls (Bonnier, 2016). Ghost Girls won the 2017 Davitt award for best debut fiction. Cath is also an experienced commercial television screenwriter, script editor, prose editor and journalist. She is currently working on two novels.
Les Zig is the author of the young adult novel Pride. Just Another Week in Suburbia is his debut work of fiction for adults, launched at Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
Sophie Tegan Gardiner grew up inside a park in metropolitan Auckland. She moved to Melbourne in 2015 and is currently completing her honours year in creative writing at RMIT University. Her work has previously been published in Starling, Twinge Zine, Voiceworks and the Bowen Street Press Review, and online at Meanjin.
Want to meet tomorrow’s literary stars today? Let us introduce you.
Our long-running Next Big Thing series is our showcase for great new local talent. You’ll hear emerging writers reading from bold and adventurous work. Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat at the Moat, while your future favourite authors knock your socks off.