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Hot Desk Edition #2


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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, Ariel Ries, Ruby Hillsmith, Allee Richards and Danny Silva Soberano.

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.


Ariel Slamet Ries

Ariel Slamet Ries is an eggplant and/or human residing on unceded Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri lands. After studying animation in Denmark for four years they lost their degree in the post and unceremoniously bumbled into making comics for a living. Their first two major publications, Witchy and Cry ... Read more

Darlene Silva Soberano

Darlene Silva Soberano is a poet. Their work has appeared in Mascara Literary Review, Australian Poetry and Cordite Poetry Review, among other places. They are currently a poetry editor for Voiceworks.

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... Read more

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... Read more

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 i... Read more

Lauren Taylor

Lauren is the Wheeler Centre’s Senior Programme and Podcast 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... Read more


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176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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