The Next Big Thing
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In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our first intake of 2018 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Amanda Anastasi, Ra Chapman, Triana Hernandez, Leah Jing McIntosh, Laura Jean McKay, Thuy On and Harry Reid.
Amanda Anastasi is a Melbourne poet who has been published everywhere from the walls of Windsor’s Artists’ Lane to the Massachusetts Review in the US. Her debut poetry collection was 2012 and other poems and she recently co-authored The Silences (Eaglemont Press, 2016).
Ra is an actress, theatre maker and writer. She has recently been selected for the 2018 Cinespace/Film Victoria StoryLab Program, and was a member of the 2017 Besen Writers Group at Malthouse Theatre.
Triana Hernandez is a music journalist, music video director and artist manager (Various Asses, Hexdebt). Triana's work consistently pushes for representation and opportunities for artists that challenge Australia’s white, straight and male-centric music industry. Her interviews with artists like Garreth Liddiard, Habits and Sevdaliza have been featured in publications including Noisey, iD and Swampland.
Leah Jing McIntosh is a writer and photographer from Melbourne. She edits Liminal Magazine, a space for the exploration of the Asian-Australian experience. She works in Digital Communications for Writers Victoria. In 2018, Leah is a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and part of the FCAC Emerging Cultural Leaders Program. She is a 2019 Victorian Nominee for Young Australian of the Year.
Laura Jean McKay writes about humans and other animals. She is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), a story collection that explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet. Holiday in Cambodia has been shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia and her work has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing and The North American Review.
Thuy On is books editor of the Big Issue and a Melbourne-based freelance critic, editor, copywriter and manuscript assessor.
Harry Reid is the Wheeler Centre's Receptionist.
They are also a poet living in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Their work has appeared in Cordite and Voiceworks.
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.