The Next Big Thing

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Hot Desk Edition (November)

As part of this year’s Next Big Thing series, we’ve been holding special Hot Desk editions throughout the year – featuring writers in the midst of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships.

In November, come and hear works in progress from our final intake of writers for 2016: Hiroki Kobayashi, Vidya Rajan, Lou Smith, Fiona Spitzkowsky, Veronica Sullivan, Eloise Grills, Fury and Lilit Thwaites. Find out more about the projects they’re completing during their Fellowships right here.


Portrait of Veronica Sullivan

Veronica Sullivan

Veronica Sullivan is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. She is prize manager of the Stella Prize, and the marketing and programs manager of the Feminist Writers Festival. She was formerly the online editor of Kill Your Darlings journal, and has written for publications including Overland, Right Now,  the Lifted Brow, Archer and Going Down Swinging. She was part of the Melbourne Writers Festival’s 30 Under 30 program in 2015. You can find her @veronicaahhh.

Portrait of Fury


Fury is a writer, agitator, feminist; a dreamboat gentleman, a no-good do-gooder, a dilletante scoundrel, a sweet talking sweetheart. They have written all over the place, including the Guardian, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and Vice. They have recently illustrated a book called No to Feminism by Bec Shaw. 

Portrait of Hiroki Kobayashi

Hiroki Kobayashi

Hiroki Kobayashi is a writer with interests in theatre and performance. Most recently he presented work as part of the National Young Writers Festival and Crack Theatre Festival. In the past. he has been a participant in PWA’s Lotus Playwriting Project and the Emerging Cultural Leaders program at Footscray Community Arts Centre.  

Portrait of Lou Smith

Lou Smith

Lou Smith is a poet, researcher and editor. 

Portrait of Fiona Spitzkowsky

Fiona Spitzkowsky

Fiona Spitzkowsky is a writer, editor and theatre-maker.

Portrait of Lilit Žekulin Thwaites

Lilit Žekulin Thwaites

Lilit Žekulin Thwaites is an award-winning, Spanish-to-English, literary translator, specialising in the work of women writers. 

Portrait of Vidya Rajan

Vidya Rajan

Vidya Rajan is a writer, performer and theatre-maker from Perth, now calling Melbourne home. She likes working across a number of genres and forms including live art, comedy, devised performance and writing for the screen.

Portrait of Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills is a writer and comics artist from Melbourne. She writes and illustrates her column, Diary of a Post-Teenage Girlfor Scum Magazine, where she over-shares about her life for strangers on the internet. As soon as she started drawing naked self-portraits her parents stopped reading her work, which she thinks means she has made it.

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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