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Hot Desk Edition #2

After another year of the best laid plans going awry, we’re thrilled to have our second cohort of Hot Desk Fellows back in action. They are working on projects ranging from screenplays to comics, fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  As their fellowships draw to a close, join us at The Moat for our last The Next Big Thing event of the year. We’ll hear new writing from Diane Vu, Ruby Hillsmith and Allee Richards. Unfortunately Ariel Ries and Danny Silva Soberano are no longer able to appear at this event.

The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships are supported by the Readings Foundation and Just Pretending theatre group

The online bookseller for this event is Readings

You must have a pre-booked ticket to attend in person. On arrival, you will need to register your details through the Victorian Government QR code service using your smartphone, and adhere to the venue’s conditions of entry. Please note, in line with current public health orders, all guests are required to be double vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to visit The Moat. Guests must show proof of their vaccination status upon arrival.

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Portrait of Ruby Hillsmith

Ruby Hillsmith

Ruby Hillsmith is a writer, editor and poet based in Melbourne, on Wurundjeri land. In 2019, Ruby was Co-Editor-in-Chief of Visible Ink journal and interned at Arts Access Victoria. Ruby’s recent writing has appeared in the Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Sick Leave Journal and Suspiria. She aims to produce work that is the literary equivalent of the smiling imp emoji. Her writing can be found at @rubyhillsmith on Instagram. 

Portrait of Diane Vu

Diane Vu

Diane is an ex production designer and stylist turned screenwriter. Sick of having too many opinions and not enough power to voice them (as well as being paid once for doing two completely different jobs), she decided to redirect her energies into developing the stories herself. She now much prefers spending her days battling writer’s block, ruinous perfectionism and unwavering imposter syndrome as well as binge watching television and reframing it as being 'driven', and ‘ambitious’.

Portrait of Allee Richards

Allee Richards

Allee Richards is a theatremaker and fiction writer from Melbourne. Her short stories have been published by Kill Your Darlings, Overland and Black Inc. Her debut novel, Small Joys of Real Life, was shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and is now out with Hachette.

Portrait of Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Lauren is the Wheeler Centre’s Programme Producer.

She has worked extensively across Melbourne’s arts and cultural sector as a creative producer, programmer, broadcaster, podcaster, facilitator and media maker with organisations including Triple R, Monash University Performing Arts Centres, MPavilion, Noisy Ritual and ABC Radio.

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The Next Big Thing

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.


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