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The Next Big Thing

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Illustration: Sarah Firth

at The Moat

Here and Gone Edition

This event has been cancelled as part of our preventative measures to stem the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. If you have tickets for this event, we’ll be in touch with you directly via email.

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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.


Portrait of Stella Charls

Stella Charls

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.

Portrait of Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University and a researcher on Folio: Stories of Australian Comics. His 2020 novel The Adversary was shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. His next novel, Shirley, will be published in 2023.


Portrait of Ellena Savage

Ellena Savage

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.

Portrait of Laura McPhee-Browne

Laura McPhee-Browne

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 LaCherry Beach is her first novel. 

Portrait of April Rasmussen

April Rasmussen

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

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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