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Hot Desk Edition (November)

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


Portrait of Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow is an award-winning cultural critic whose work appears regularly in The Saturday Paper, Fairfax newspapers and The Guardian. She has written about film and television for journals including The Lifted Brow and Kill Your Darlings, and books including Investigating Stranger Things (Palgrave Macmillan), ReFocus: The Films Of Elaine May (Edinburgh University Press) and Copyfight (NewSouth Publishing). She co-wrote and co-presented the 2017 ABC podcast Behind The Belt, a documentary “deep dive” into professional wrestling.

Based in Melbourne, she holds a Master of Screenwriting from VCA, and teaches screenwriting at University of Melbourne. Clem is currently undertaking a PhD in action cinema and screenwriting at RMIT University.

Portrait of Li-Kim Chuah

Li-Kim Chuah

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.

Portrait of Georgia Symons

Georgia Symons

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).



Portrait of Sam van Zweden

Sam van Zweden

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her writing has been published by the Saturday Paper, ABC Life, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, The Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her debut book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, and is available now.

Portrait of Astrid Edwards

Astrid Edwards

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, or follow her reviews and where she wanders on Goodreads, Instagram and Twitter.

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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