The Next Big Thing
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.
A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.
Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.