The Next Big Thing
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In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works–in–progress from our third and final intake of 2018 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Rachel Ang, Alistair Baldwin, Shu–Ling Chua, Georgina Harriss, Fiona Murphy, Ella Skilbeck–Porter and Jem Tyler–Miller.
Fiona Murphy is a poet and essayist. Her work has appeared in the Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings, Overland and the Big Issue, amongst others. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Dorothy Porter Award for Poets. In 2018, she was awarded an inaugural Writers Victoria Publishability Fellowship and has been longlisted for the Richell Prize.
Jem Tyley-Miller is a crime writer from Bacchus Marsh, whose stories meander into the realm of fabulism. Her writing has been shortlisted for many awards, including the Ned Kelly S.D. Harvey Award, the Alan Marshall, WAM (Write Around the Murray) and the FAWWA Stuart-Hadow Prize.
Alistair Baldwin is a screenwriter, regular writer and comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne. He has written for ABC's The Weekly and the upcoming season of Get Krack!n. He's also had criticism, satire and opinion published by ACMI Ideas, un Magazine, Archer, Art+Australia, SBS, Ibis House and more.
Rachel Ang is a Melbourne-based comics artist. Her comics and illustrations have been published widely, including by the Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging, the Stella Prize and Cordite Poetry Review. She is the co-editor of Comic Sans, a new serialised anthology of Australian comics with a focus on real life and fresh voices. She holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from RMIT University. Her first book, Swimsuit, is being published by Glom Press in November.
Georgina Harriss is a Melbourne-based writer specialising in screen and theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she majored in comedy writing. In 2016 her playlet The Best is Yet to Come was featured in Red Stitch’s annual showcase: Playlist. Georgina was subsequently offered a playwriting residency at Lonely Company and her work was chosen for inclusion in the inaugural Betafest: Theatre in Various States of Undress.
Shu-Ling Chua was born in Melbourne to Malaysian-Chinese parents. Her writing focuses on sex, culture, feminism/femininity and growing up and has appeared in Feminartsy, Peril Magazine, Meanjin, Scum Mag and Triangle House Review, among others. She is working on a collection of essays on coming of age as an Asian-Australian woman and is a 2018 KSP Writers' Centre Fellow and 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow.
Ella Skilbeck-Porter is a poet and writer from Sydney. She is interested in the relationship between image and text, chance operations and translation. Her work has appeared in Rabbit, Cordite, Southerly, UTS Writers’ Anthology, Otoliths and other publications.
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.