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Hot Desk Edition #3


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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

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

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

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 Lawson-Smith

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

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

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

Oliver Reeson is an essayist and screenwriter. They are currently one of the recipients of the Next Chapter Fellowship, and mentored by Maria Tumarkin. Their work has appeared in publications such as Overland, Meanjin, Autostraddle, Literary Hub, and The Saturday Paper. In 2018 they co-created and w... Read more

Jasmine Shirrefs

Jas is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and zine maker. Jas was a columnist with Scum magazine in 2020 and has an essay in the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia.


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