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 cultural critic and cake-baker. Her work appears in the Saturday Paper and Guardian, and she co-presents Superfluity on 3RRR. In 2017 she co-presented the ABC professional wrestling podcast Behind The Belt, and she co-produced the first wrestling 'death match' ever held on Tasmanian soil, Night Massacre, for Dark Mofo in 2018.
When she's not fighting crime by night, Clem works as a tutor in screenwriting at the University of Melbourne, and she is currently undertaking a PhD in action cinema and screenwriting at RMIT.
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 interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her writing has appeared in Meanjin, the Big Issue, the Lifted Brow, Cordite, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her work has been shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, the Lifted Brow and non/fictionLab Experimental Non-fiction Writing Prize and the Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards.
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.
Want to meet tomorrow’s literary stars today? Let us introduce you.
Our long-running Next Big Thing series is our showcase for great new local talent. You’ll hear emerging writers reading from bold and adventurous work. Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat at the Moat, while your future favourite authors knock your socks off.