The Next Big Thing
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For this edition of The Next Big Thing, we present a handful of writers whose exciting new works concern distance and perspective – from down the hall, across town or the other side of the world.
The Adversary, by Ronnie Scott, follows its protagonist from a long Brunswick winter into the sticky heat of one transformative Melbourne summer. Laura McPhee-Browne’s tender coming-of-age novel, Cherry Beach, introduces a pair of childhood best friends who depart suburban Melbourne to live in Toronto. And in her experimental essay collection, Blueberries, Ellena Savage wields a stirring blend of journalism, poetry, polemic and memoir in her pursuit of human truths: the meaning of power and desire, the decisions that make a life, and one’s place in the world.
Join us at The Moat as we bring these three writers together for readings from their new books – alongside April Rasmussen, who’ll share ‘Familial Eclipse of the Heart’, her essay published in the latest edition of Voiceworks.
Readings will be our bookseller for this event.
Stella is the Wheeler Centre's Programming Coordinator.
An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.
Ronnie Scott writes essays and criticism for newspapers, websites and magazines. In 2007 he founded the Lifted Brow, an independent literary magazine. He's a Lecturer in the Writing and Publishing discipline at RMIT University. The Adversary is his first novel.
Ellena Savage is an author and academic. Her work has been published widely in anthologies and literary journals including, recently, the Paris Review Daily, Sydney Review of Books, Choice Words and Lifted Brow, of which she is a former editor. Ellena is the recipient of several grants and prizes, including the 2019–21 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. Ellena lives in Athens, Greece. Blueberries is her first collection.
Laura McPhee-Browne is a writer and social worker living in Melbourne, on Wurundjeri land. Her short stories have been published widely in Australia. Laura also volunteers as a fiction editor for the literary magazine Verity La. Cherry Beach is her first novel.
April Rasmussen is a writer and artist living in Melbourne. Her education is in science, but her real passion is crafting stories about the ways we live, love, and learn from one another. Originally from the US, she has lived in Chile and Denmark, and is now finding appreciation for all that the Australian landscape and its people have to offer.
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.