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Hot Desk Edition (November)


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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


Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow’s debut nonfiction book Late Bloomer was published in July 2021. Her writing appears regularly in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She co-wrote and co-presented the 2017 ABC podcast Behind The Belt, a documentary “deep di... Read more

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 th... Read more

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 A... Read more

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 ... Read more

Astrid Edwards

Astrid Edwards is a bibliophile. She hosts The Garret: Writers on Writing, judges literary prizes and teaches in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University. She has served on the boards of Melbourne Writers Festival and Writers Victoria, and was also a Member of the ... Read more


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