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.
Stella is the Wheeler Centre's Programming Coordinator.
An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.
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 who sees life through a magical realist lens. You can read her fiction in Spike, the Meanjin blog, or in the upcoming Margaret River Press anthology, We’ll Stand in That Place and Other Stories. She has also written for Readings and the Digital Writers’ Festival Pen Pal Project. Her novel manuscript, Going Under is nearing completion. Jem works casually directing extras to fund her very serious writing habit and co-organises the Peter Carey Short Story Award in her spare time.
Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm/Melbourne. He has written for ABC’s The Weekly, Hard Quiz and Get Krack!n (the latter of which he also stars in as a very tired P.A.). In 2019 his play Lame was performed at Southbank Theatre as part of Melbourne Theatre Company's First Stage initiative. He is a former Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and has had work published by ACMI Ideas, un. Magazine, Art + Australia, Archer, SBS and more.
Rachel Ang is a comics artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her work has been published by the Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging, Meanjin, and The Lily/Washington Post. Her first book, Swimsuit, won a Silver Ledger Award for Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels. She is the winner of the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Award for Fiction. She has a Masters Degree in Architecture.
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.
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.