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 is the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. Previously, Veronica was co-host of Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture. She has also been a board member and program manager of the Feminist Writers Festival, Prize Manager of the Stella Prize, and Online Editor of Kill Your Darlings.
Bjork once said 'you shouldn’t let poets lie to you', but Fury writes poetry, which is a sort of lie, albeit the fun-for-everyone kind. Fury has written a book called I Don’t Understand How Emotions Work. It is a very good book; soft and tricky, like leaning your face against your favourite swan.
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 an award-winning writer, comedian, and performance-maker working mainly across television and theatre. She is interested in work that is often sharply hilarious, formally inventive, and ethically probing. She has recently worked with ABC Comedy, Metroarts, the Emerging Writers' Festival, The Blue Room Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Audible, Griffin, Theatreworks, and is a 2018 recipient of Screen Australia’s Developing the Developer initiative. She is a current writer in residence at the Malthouse Theatre making new work.
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.
Eloise's graphic novel, Sexy Female Murderesses, was published by Glom Press in December 2018. Her poetry collection, If you're sexy and you know it slap your hams, is forthcoming with Subbed In (April 2019). She tweets and grams as @grillzoid.
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.