In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our third and last intake of 2019 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Nic Alea, Geetha Balakrishnan, Christine Davey, Hayley Lawson-Smith, Gabriella Munoz, Jennifer Nguyen, Oliver Reeson and Jasmine Shirrefs.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Nic Alea is a queer interdisciplinary writer with a BA in Creative Writing. They hold fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation and the Wheeler Centre. They have work published in Muzzle Magazine, the Paris American, Write Bloody, BOAAT, Crab Fat, Reservoir, decomP and others. In 2014, Nic wa... Read more
Geetha Balakrishnan is a fiction writer from Sydney, Australia, whose work explores issues of race, gender, exile, and loss in the legacy of colonialism. Her work is deeply influenced by her Sri Lankan Tamil background and her political perspective on the 30-year civil war informs the way she inte... Read more
Christine Davey is a playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and PhD candidate. With over 30 years of experience in theatre in Australia, the UK and US, she is dedicated to telling stories through a myriad of mediums. She runs an independent theatre company – Skin Of Our Teeth Productions – ha... Read more
Hayley holds a Masters of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, and was the 2019 playwright in residence at the Historic Billilla Mansion, Brighton, during which time she conducted playwriting workshops with local young theatre-makers and the University of the Third Age. Sh... Read more
Gabriella Munoz is a Mexican-Australian writer, editor and translator. Her essays and reviews have been published in the Victorian Writer, Eureka Street, Mascara Literary Review, the Sydney Morning Herald and many other places. Her fiction has been published in Djed Press. Gabriella was the 20... Read more
Jennifer Nguyen’s writing has appeared in Scum Mag, the Lifted Brow (online), Meanjin (online) and Lor Journal, among others. Her first book of poems is ‘When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon’ (Subbed In, 2019). Currently, Jennifer is a member of West Writers Group an... Read more
Oliver Reeson is the Wheeler Centre’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Oliver is an essayist and screenwriter. Their writing has appeared in publications such as Literary Hub, Autostraddle, Meanjin, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Growing Up Queer in Australia and Dizzy Limits. They... Read more
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