The Next Big Thing
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As part of this year’s Next Big Thing series, you’ll find three special Hot Desk editions featuring writers in the midst of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships.
In July, come and hear works in progress from our first intake of writers for 2015. With Cameron Baker, Alice Bishop, Susan Bradley Smith, Kelly Chandler, Toby Fehily, Tully Hansen and Suzy Freeman-Greene. (Find out more about the projects they’re completing during their Fellowships here.)
Cameron Baker is a writer and illustrator. He writes and publishes a zine called MOTE, which he started when he was fifteen. It's now in its fourteenth issue.
Alice Bishop grew up in Christmas Hills, a town ravaged by the Black Saturday bushfires. A Constant Hum, her much-anticipated debut, was commended by the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Literary Prize. Stories in the collection won the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Prize and the Rachel Funari Prize.
Susan Bradley Smith is an award-winning writer and bibliotherapist, and Honorary Research Associate in English at La Trobe University.
Kelly Chandler has been published in the Age, The Lifted Brow, Griffith Review, Big Issue, Slow Guide, Death Mook and New Zealand Herald. A former editor of Voiceworks, Chandler was chair of the National Young Writers’ Festival and journalist trainer at the trilingual Independent newspaper in Vanuatu.
Toby Fehily is the editor of Art Guide Australia and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Smith Journal, VICE, Junkee and other publications.
Tully Hansen is a writer, scholar and avid consumer of net art and electronic literature, with a particular interest in interactive fiction and the literary potential of Twitter bots. His work has appeared in Overland, Crikey and The Lifted Brow, and in 2012 he was recipient of the inaugural Monash Prize in Creative Writing for his suite of poems Grey Throughs in Break Rooms.
Suzy Freeman-Greene is a Melbourne journalist, writer and editor. Freeman-Greene's feature writing has appeared in publications including Good Weekend and the Australian magazine, and for many years she was a regular columnist with the Age. She is working on a series of essays about her mother’s life and death.
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.