The Next Big Thing

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Hot Desk Edition (July)

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 2016. With Didem Caia, Bec Fary, Kerrin O'Sullivan, Melody Paloma, Angelina Mirabito, Chris Somerville and Christine Sun.

Keen to know more? You'll find out more about the projects they’re completing during their Fellowships right here.

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Portrait of Kerrin O’Sullivan

Kerrin O’Sullivan

Kerrin O’Sullivan is an award-winning writer with a love of short fiction, creative non-fiction and faraway places. Her writings have appeared in various journals including Award Winning Australian Writing, Westerly, Kill Your Darlings, Southerly, The Victorian Writer, The Tishman Review (U.S) and Aesthetica (U.K); and her travel features in The Weekend Australian and The Age.

Portrait of Didem Caia

Didem Caia

Didem is a writer, speaker and facilitator, who grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne. She is a writer of plays, essays and fiction.

Portrait of Bec Fary

Bec Fary

Bec Fary makes radio in her sleep. Well, she talks about sleep on the radio and in her podcast, SleepTalker. When she’s awake, Bec is a freelance podcast producer and has contributed to Better Off Dead, Behind the Wire and the Dumbo Feather podcast. Bec teaches radio and podcasting skills at SYN Media, where she is also a production manager and supervising producer for the national community radio program All the Best.

Portrait of Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville is a writer from Tasmania. He has taught for various creative writing programs throughout Australia and was briefly a TV writer in 2010. His first book, We Are Not The Same Anymore, is a collection of short stories published by UQP. In 2016, he was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow. Chris currently lives in Melbourne.

Portrait of Angelina Mirabito

Angelina Mirabito

Angelina is an advocate for adult survivors of childhood trauma and her fiction observes the challenging journeys involved in the experience of post-traumatic growth. Her work has been published in journals and magazines such as Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review and Page Seventeen. She is a recipient of the Eleanor Dark Varuna Writing Fellowship and Rosebank Residency. Her three-hour book was shortlisted for the 2009 Lord Mayor Creative Writing Awards. She regularly blogs on her website, Writing Through Trauma.

Portrait of Christine Sun

Christine Sun

Christine Sun is a Melbourne-based bilingual writer, translator, reader and independent scholar. She has won literary awards in Taiwan (where she was born and raised), worked as a journalist in the United States, and explored both traditional and independent publishing routes in Australia.

Since June 2012, via her website eBook Dynasty, she has been helping emerging and established authors in both Chinese and English to translate, publish and promote their writings as Chinese digital and print books in the Chinese-speaking world.

The Next Big Thing

New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.

A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.

Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.


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