The Next Big Thing
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At summer’s cusp, it’s not just the weather that’s getting warmer. As their residencies draw to a close – and their creative goals draw nearer (we hope!) – our latest gang of Hot Desk Fellows will dribble down to The Moat to share early excerpts and insights from their projects.
Join Ingrid Baring, Bobuq Sayed, Alexandra Collier, Jane Howard, Lorelei Vashti, Grace De Morgan and Mindy Gill as they read from exciting new works of diasporic poetry, plays, family memoir, critical essays and queer fiction.
Ingrid Baring is a Melbourne writer, performer and poet. Currently she is working on her manuscript, White Safa – a memoir that investigates the legacy of her early childhood in apartheid South Africa.
Ingrid’s writing has been published in the Victorian Writer, Womankind and My Buffer Guest, and her short story 'Pernilla’s Pusillanimous Error' was commissioned by the Squid.
Bobuq Sayed is a freelance writer, multi-media artist and community organiser of the Afghan diaspora. They co-edit Archer magazine and they are the founder of the QTPoC activist collective, Colour Tongues. They have performed new work at the Emerging Writers' Festival and the Melbourne Writer's Festival, and their work has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Black Girl Dangerous, Overland, Peril and Vice.
Alexandra Collier is a playwright who has worked in the US and Australia at Sydney Theatre Company, La Mama, Playwrights Horizons, New Group, Women’s Project, New Georges, the Lark and Dixon Place.
Her play Holy Day was a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist. Other awards/fellowships include the RE Ross Trust Playwrights Award, MacDowell Fellowship and the Dame Joan Sutherland Award. Her musical Triplight, written with composer Greta Gertler, was awarded a UCROSS Fellowship, a Space on Ryder Farm residency and a Rhinebeck Writers Retreat residency in New York. Her play Underland is available through Playlab Indie.
Mindy Gill’s poems have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Hecate, Mascara Literary Review, Island Magazine, Award Winning Australian Writing and elsewhere. She has won the Tom Collins Poetry Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award. She is Peril magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.
August Burns the Sky is a collection of poems that speak with intimacy on longing, grief, and the ephemeral.
Lorelei Vashti is the author of Dress Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses (2014) and How to Choose Your Baby’s Last Name (2016). Her writing has been included in Best Australian Comedy Writing (2016), Mothermorphosis (2015), and the Women of Letters book series. She co-curates the Women of Letters events in Australia, and also runs Jacky Winter Gardens, a guesthouse and artist retreat in the Dandenong Ranges.
Jane Howard is a contributing editor at Kill Your Darlings, and a freelance arts journalist, critic and researcher with a focus on performance. Her work has appeared in publications including ABC Arts Online, RealTime, Meanjin and Junkee, and her experimental criticism projects have been supported by organisations including the Lifted Brow and the Performance and Art Development Agency.
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.