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 November, come and hear works in progress from our third and final intake of writers for 2015. With Clem Bastow, Li-Kim Chuah, Astrid Edwards, Georgia Symons and Sam van Zweden. Find out more about the projects they’re completing during their Fellowships at wheelercentre.com.
Clem Bastow is an award-winning journalist, cultural critic and cake-baker. Her work appears regularly in the Saturday Paper, Age and Guardian, and she co-presents Superfluity on 3RRR. In 2017 she co-presented the ABC First Run professional wrestling podcast Behind The Belt.
Having completed the traditional 'two year stint writing at Starbucks' in Los Angeles in 2013, Clem is currently working on bringing her first film, Farewell Tour, to the screen. When she's not fighting crime by night, Clem works as a tutor in screenwriting at the University of Melbourne.
Li-Kim Chuah is screenwriter who has worked extensively in adult drama and children's TV for the past seven years. Her writing credits include: Offspring Series 5, Neighbours and The Saddle Club Series 3. Li-Kim's satirical look at being Asian Australian was explored in the ‘coming out’ mock-documentary Of Asian Persuasion – a winner at The Reelife Film Festival, shown nationally in 2003–2005.
Georgia Symons is a maker of theatre, games, and interactive experiences. Her recent work includes: TurboDetective 3000 (National Young Writers Festival, 2015); Follow Me (Melbourne Fringe: Uncommon Places, 2015) In the Dark (Metanoia Live Works, 2015); Iago (Western Edge Youth Arts/Malthouse, 2015); The Alien Meteorites of Federation Square (Pop-Up Playground/Fed Square 2015); Three-Legged Race Around the World (Digital Writers Festival 2015); and A Puppet Show for All Ages (ASYLUM by Apocalypse Theatre Company, Old 505 Theatre 2015). Georgia has worked as an arts educator with companies such as Western Edge Youth Arts, Platform Youth Theatre, University of Technology Sydney, and as a freelance artist in schools. She has been the recipient of the Best New Talent award at Short & Sweet Sydney (2011); the Orloff Family Charitable Trust award for Outstanding Academic Achievement (VCA, 2014); and an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council (2015). Georgia holds a BA in Communications & International Studies from UTS (2013), and a Master’s of Writing for Performance from the VCA (2014).
Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer of creative nonfiction and poetry, and recent Honours graduate from RMIT. She has worked as the online editor at Writers Bloc, and her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Killings, Tincture, Feminartsy, Voiceworks and others. Her writing is most often interested in memory, family, food and mental health.
Astrid Edwards is a blogger, writer, advocate and board member.
She blogs about chronic disease and living with MS under the pseudonym LadywithMS. Telling stories – and saying what needs to be said – is her goal.
Astrid is also a member of the Committee of Management at Writers Victoria, a National Advocate for MS Australia, and a Director at Bad Producer Productions. On a personal note, she spends a great deal of time reading and drinking coffee (preferably in a bookstore). You can find out all you want to about me at www.astridedwards.com, or follow her reviews and where she wanders on Goodreads, Instagram and Twitter.
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.