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Holly Childs, Melinda Houston, Jenna Martin and Xavier Toby

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There has been an explosion of vibrant new writing talent in Australia of late, and since we opened our doors, the Wheeler Centre has been right at the heart of the 21st Century literary zeitgeist. Our first ever event was a Debut Monday, showcasing exciting new authors.

The Next Big Thing is the evolution of that event. We’ve broadened our horizons to present to you not only first time authors, but also those dedicated scribes with several books to their name. These are the names we believe should be on everyone’s lips, the authors we love, but who may have slipped under your radar. Join us to discover them before everyone else does!

If you plan on making a night out of it, the MOAT offers a pre-event package from 5pm to 6pm: $20 for a meal and a glass of wine. Bookings essential; call (03) 9094 7820 or email info@themoat.com.au.

Featuring

Xavier Toby

Xavier Toby is a writer and comedian with undergraduate degrees in Arts (English) and Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters from RMIT in Creative Writing. He is a regular columnist for WA Today and MX, and has written for the Age, The Guardian, Lost at E Minor, The Huffington Post and The Punch. ... Read more

Melinda Houston

After 20 years writing everything from local news to celebrity profiles and hundreds of book, film, food and bar reviews, Melinda Houston scored her own dream job – TV critic – in 2006. These days she contributes as a critic and columnist to most Fairfax newspapers and to radio 3AW ... Read more

Jenna Martin

Since finishing high school ten years ago, Jenna Martin has been a teacher in Sydney, a law student in Wollongong, an actor in London and a film producer in Los Angeles. She has written several plays, screenplays, short stories and the occasional bad love letter. Driving Under the Influence is her f... Read more

Holly Childs

Holly Childs is a writer, editor (Crazy in Love magazine) and artist. She makes work around digital semiotics, transformations of language and culture, aberration, fashion. Her first novella No Limit will be released by Hologram in April 2014. Her writing has appeared in Going Down Swinging, Overlan... Read more

Location

The Moat

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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