The Next Big Thing
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In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our second intake of 2019 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Millie Baylis, Rebecca Giggs, Bella Green, Shannan Lim, Gareth Morgan, Whitney Munroe, Sumudu Samarawickrama and Yen-Rong Wong.
Rebecca Giggs is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and Griffith Review. Rebecca's non-fiction focuses on how people connect with animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Her debut book is Fathoms: The World in the Whale.
Millie Baylis is a writer, editor and arts worker, living on Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung land. She is the current program coordinator for the Emerging Writers’ Festival. In 2019 she was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow and the managing editor of Visible Ink, and in 2020 she is a Moreland Writer in Residence. She writes essays, memoir and commentary, and her work has recently appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Overland and The Victorian Writer.
Bella Green is a stand-up comedian, writer and sex worker living in Melbourne, Australia. She got her start in comedy by telling jokes in brothels to anyone who'd listen. Now she tells jokes in some of the best comedy rooms in the country.
Shannan Lim is a writer and clown based on Kulin country. He has lectured in film and digital media at the University of Western Australia, and taught physical theatre to adults and children at RMIT University and ArtPlay. His work has been performed at Griffin Theatre, the State Theatre Centre of WA and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He received the Multicultural Arts Victoria Award at Melbourne Fringe, the New Director Award at Nice International Film Festival, and was City of Melbourne Artist-in-Residence at Boyd Studio.
Gareth Morgan is a poet from Melbourne. His work can be found around the place including Cordite and Otoliths. He is co-director of sick leave, a monthly reading series and occasional journal.
A woman, a human,
an insignificant speck in the history of all things,
a grain of sand in an infinite universe of stars.
I am a creator and explorer of all things
My bio is not my experiences, my accolades or awards,
for I am much more than a name on a piece of fancy paper.
Sumudu Samarawickrama is from Werribee. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Overland, Meanjin and the Lifted Brow. She co-produced Sidekicked 2017 Melbourne Fringe Category Award Winner 'Best Words and Ideas'. She was a Witness Performance New Critic in 2018. She wants to use art to powerfully challenge the status quo of the structures that underpin our society. As part of FCAC’s West Writer's Group, she is interested in how anger can be a tool towards community. She is on a journey to decolonise her soul.
Yen-Rong is writer of non-fiction, based in Meanjin (Brisbane), on Jaggera and Turrbal land. She is the founding editor of Pencilled In, a magazine devoted to publishing and championing the work of Asian Australian writers and artists. She was shortlisted for the Deborah Cass Prize in 2017, and for the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award in 2018. She will be a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow and a writer-in-residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in 2019. Her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including the Guardian, SBS, Meanjin and Overland, and is forthcoming in Griffith Review. She is currently working on her first full length manuscript.
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.