The Next Big Thing

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Historical Fiction

What’s new is old again – at least in this special edition of The Next Big Thing, where we’re celebrating fresh voices in historical fiction. Come and meet the latest crop of writers exploring new ways to tell stories set in the past.

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Portrait of David Dyer

David Dyer

David Dyer has had a life-long obsession with the Titanic and has become an expert on the subject. In 2009, he was awarded a Commonwealth Government scholarship to write The Midnight Watch as part of a Doctorate in Creative Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney. The doctorate was conferred in November 2013. David's research for The Midnight Watch took him to many and varied places around the world including libraries and sites of interest in New York, Boston, London and Liverpool.

Portrait of Dominique Wilson

Dominique Wilson

Dominique Wilson was born in Algiers to French parents. She grew up in a country torn by civil war, until she and her family fled to Australia. She is the author of the novels That Devil's Madness (2016) and The Yellow Papers (2014), both published by Transit Lounge, and her short stories have been published nationally and read on ABC Radio. She was founding co-managing editor of Wet Ink: the magazine of new writing, and Chair of the Adelaide branch of International PEN. Dominique holds a Masters and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide.

Portrait of Lesley Truffle

Lesley Truffle

London-born Australian Lesley Truffle has travelled extensively and worked in London and Japan. Her first novel Hotel du Barry was published in February 2016 and she is currently working on her second novel Sacha Torte.

Portrait of Alexander Bennetts

Alexander Bennetts

Alexander Bennetts is a writer and editor, who studies Creative Writing at RMIT in Melbourne. His work has been published in The Lifted Brow, Stilts, Funny Ha Ha and Voiceworks. He was born on a steamboat in the mouth of the River Derwent

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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