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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 meditates on sleep, circadian rhythms and the subconscious through their audio project SleepTalker, which originated as an independent podcast and is now a late-night experimental live broadcast on Triple R.

Bec’s production credits include award-winning podcasts, local and international radio shows, museum installations, events and audio tours, and their evolving research and creative practice concerns DIY production, documentary, digital platforms and the intersections between time, place, mental health and listening.

Portrait of Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville is the author of the short story collection We Are Not The Same Anymore. He is a former Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and his work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Paper Radio, Griffith Review and the Lifted Brow.

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

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.


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