The Next Big Thing
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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.
Veronica is the Wheeler Centre’s Programming Manager.
She sits on the board of the Feminist Writers Festival and co-hosts Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture.
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.
Hiroki is the Wheeler Centre's Special Projects Coordinator.
He has previously worked in a variety of roles for organisations including the Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Malthouse Theatre.
Lou Smith is a poet, researcher and editor.
Fiona Spitzkowsky is a writer, editor and theatre-maker.
Lilit Žekulin Thwaites is an award-winning, Spanish-to-English, literary translator, specialising in the work of women writers.
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.
Eloise Grills is an award-winning visual essayist, a poet, educator and memoir editor for Scum Magazine. She was recently awarded the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Prize for Nonfiction for her Scum Magazine column, Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl, and The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction (2018). She was a finalist for the mid-year Walkleys, and was recently named as a finalist for the 2018 Subbed In Chapbook Prize.
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.