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Hot Desk Edition #3


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Grab a drink from the bar and settle into the Moat for another instalment of The Next Big Thing. We’ll be showcasing works-in-progress from our third cohort of 2020 Hot Desk Fellows. You’ll hear excerpts from a range of projects, spanning poetry, graphic novel and fiction, refined over the course of their ten-week fellowships at the Wheeler Centre. The featured fellows are Rashmi Patel, Ariel Ries, Danny Silva Soberano and Panda Wong.

The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships are supported by the Readings Foundation and Just Pretending theatre group

Unfortunately Danny Silva Soberano is no longer able to appear at this event.


Rashmi Patel

Rashmi Patel is a writer and business analyst currently based in Melbourne. She is passionate about gender issues, diversity in the arts, and immigrant stories. Her articles and stories have appeared in online and print publications across the world, including Femina,, Hindustan Times, Tim... Read more

Ariel Slamet Ries

Ariel Slamet Ries is an eggplant and/or human residing on unceded Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri lands. After studying animation in Denmark for four years they lost their degree in the post and unceremoniously bumbled into making comics for a living. Their first two major publications, Witchy and Cry ... Read more

Panda Wong

Panda Wong is a Malaysian-Chinese poet who lives on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her first chapbook angel wings dumpster fire was published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2022. Her first EP salmon cannon me into the abyss, a collaboration with multiple friends, was released in July 2022. ... Read more

Diem Nguyen

Diem is the Wheeler Centre’s Program Coordinator. She has worked at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Writers Victoria, and the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Gender Studies and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management, both ... Read more


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