The Next Big Thing

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at The Moat

Halloween Edition

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.


Portrait of Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a writer, publisher, critic, literary event chair and the editor of Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion (Allen and Unwin, 2019). Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network and the Stella Prize.

Portrait of Rose Michael

Rose Michael

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.

Portrait of Cath Ferla

Cath Ferla

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.

Portrait of Les Zig

Les Zig

Les Zig is the author of the young adult novel PrideJust Another Week in Suburbia is his debut work of fiction for adults, launched at Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Portrait of Sophie Tegan Gardiner

Sophie Tegan Gardiner

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.

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing takes place every month at the Moat and is a cherished Melbourne institution. It's the place to be if you want to hear great emerging writers read from new and adventurous work.

Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat, while sampling writing from tomorrow's best and brightest literary stars.


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