The Next Big Thing

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at The Moat

Heartbeat Edition

Our thumping hearts can’t be – won’t be – stilled at the Heartbeat Edition of Next Big Thing, when we hear from some great new writers whose work is concerned with racing pulses, high stakes, young love and coming of age.  

Nina Kenwood’s YA novel It Sounded Better in My Head is a tender exploration of first love, friendship and all the horrifying awkwardness of navigating young adulthood. R.W.R. McDonald’s The Nancys is a darkly funny novel about an unlikely uncle-niece detective team. Yamiko Marama’s essay, ‘The Equality of Love’ (published in Growing Up Queer in Australia) reflects on a blossoming relationship and the impact of the same-sex marriage survey. And Tiia Kelly’s essay comes from the upcoming edition of Voiceworks (#116 Pluto). 

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Portrait of Nina Kenwood

Nina Kenwood

Nina Kenwood is a writer, who lives in Melbourne. She won the 2018 Text Prize for her debut young adult novel, It Sounded Better in My Head.

Portrait of R.W.R. McDonald

R.W.R. McDonald

R.W.R. (Rob) McDonald is a Kiwi living in Melbourne with his two daughters and an extended rainbow family including HarryCat and Stevie Nicks the chicken. He attended Faber Academy's Writing a Novel Stage 1 and Stage 2 and an excerpt of The Nancys was published in the Faber Writing Academy 'Writing a Novel' Anthology, Allen & Unwin (2016). Rob realised while studying journalism that writing fiction, rather than reporting facts, was his true bent. The Nancys was Highly Commended for an Unpublished Manuscript in the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.

Portrait of Yamiko Marama

Yamiko Marama

Yamiko Marama is a writer, therapist and food truck owner from Melbourne. An inaugural recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter Fellowship, she is currently working on a debut memoir that explores family relationships, alongside growing up as an Australian woman of African heritage. Yamiko is also a contributor to the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia.

Portrait of Tiia Kelly

Tiia Kelly

Tiia Kelly is a writer and editor from Melbourne. She is interested in the link between cultural consumption and identity, writing about the way different forms of media frame our understanding of the world. She is currently completing her BA in Creative Writing and Screen and Cultural Studies at The University of Melbourne. Her work has appeared in Voiceworks and Kissing Dynamite, among others.

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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