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Hot Desk Edition #2


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

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 techn... Read more

Millie Baylis

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... Read more

Bella Green

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. Her debut stand-up hour, Bella Green is Charging For ... Read more

Shannan Lim

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 W... Read more

Gareth Morgan

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. 

Whitney Munroe

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 beautiful.  My bio is not my experiences, my accolades or awards, for I am much more than a name on a piece of fancy paper.  I am... Read more

Sumudu Samarawickrama

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 ... Read more

Yen-Rong Wong

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 ... Read more


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