The Next Big Thing
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In this edition of the Next Big Thing, hear works-in-progress from our second company of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows of 2017. Christopher Bryant, Koraly Dimitriadis, Elizabeth Flux, Lou Heinrich, Jordi Kerr, Tim McGuire and Mia Slater will share from the projects they’ve worked on over the past ten weeks inside the Wheeler Centre.
Koraly Dimitriadis is the author of the controversial Love and F**k Poems, an Australian poetry bestseller that has been translated into Greek with Australian Council funding, and with rights sold to UK publisher Honest Publishing. She is a freelance opinion writer and has contributed to Daily Life, Rendezview, SBS, Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Saturday Paper, Junkee, New Matilda, ABC's The Drum, Overland and Meanjin.
Mia is a poet that currently lives in Brisbane. After completing her Arts degree at UQ (during which she received the 2015 Kingshott Cassidy Poetry Scholarship Award) and opting out of a professional writing Masters program in 2016, Mia has decided pursue her creative endeavours independently while working as a copywriter. As a poet, Mia hopes her work is accessible to all; Mia writes in simple language with a focus on the visual.
Lou Heinrich is a writer and critic whose words have been published in the Weekend Australian, the Guardian, and the Lifted Brow. She is interested in faith, sexuality, and feminist theology, and is working on a book about women resisting patriarchal Christianity around the world.
Jordi Kerr is a writer, youth literature advocate, and support worker for queer young people. Their thoughts about books have appeared in such places as Archer, Books+Publishing, Kill Your Darlings, and Crikey.
Elizabeth Flux is an award-winning writer and editor whose fiction and nonfiction work has been widely published. She is a judge for the 2019 Award for and Unpublished Manuscript for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and is an editor for Melbourne City of Literature’s ‘Reading Victoria’ project. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, was a judge for the Scribe Prize, was the winner of the inaugural Feminartsy Fiction Prize, and her short story ‘One’s Company’ was selected for Best Australian Stories 2017.
Tim McGuire has written for the Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, the Australian, Big Issue, Going Down Swinging and others. In 2017, he is the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and a judge in the 2017 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers.
In 2015, Tim's work was longlisted for the inaugural Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, and in 2012 his letter to Buffy the Vampire Slayer was published by Penguin Australia in the anthology Sincerely. He is a past editorial committee member of Voiceworks and previous editor for Express Media's Buzzcuts. From Brisbane, he lives in Melbourne.
Christopher Bryant is a Griffin Award nominated playwright (Home Invasion, 2015), performer, and NIDA graduate (Master of Fine Arts (Writing for Performance), 2014). He has worked with a range of companies including 45downstairs, Malthouse Theatre, the State Library of Victoria, ATYP, MKA, Apocalypse Theatre, La Mama and the Emerging Writers' Festival.
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.