The Next Big Thing
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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 September, come and hear works in progress from our second intake of writers for 2015. With Rebecca Butterworth, Emilie Collyer, Emma Marie Jones, Lian Low, Izzy Roberts-Orr and Jessica Yu. Find out more about the projects they’re completing during their Fellowships at wheelercentre.com.
Rebecca Butterworth is a freelance journalist and writer from Melbourne. She has written for the Age, the Sunday Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Big Issue, Women’s Health magazine and some other places, and reviews books for Bookseller+Publisher magazine.
Emilie Collyer writes plays, prose and poetry. Her writing has appeared in Cordite, Overland, the Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings and Aurealis, among others. Recent award winning and nominated plays include: Contest, Dream Home, The Good Girl (New York, Hollywood and Florida) and Once Were Pirates (Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe). Emilie is currently a Red Stitch INK writer and a Playwriting Australia Duologue recipient.
Lian Low writes across spoken word, fiction and creative non-fiction. From 2009-2016, Lian was an editor and a board member of Peril Magazine. In 2015, Lian was a recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and a City of Literature Travel Fund to travel to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and the Melaka Art and Performance Festival (Malaysia). Lian is an inaugural recipient of the Wheeler Centre's Next Chapter fellowship and currently working on a young adult speculative fiction novel.
Izzy Roberts-Orr is a poet, writer, broadcaster and arts worker based on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land, and Digital Producer at Red Room Poetry.
Formerly Artistic Director and Co-CEO of the Emerging and Digital Writers’ Festivals, and a Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, Izzy has most recently been working with local artists in the Western suburbs of Narrm Melbourne as Maribyrnong’s Arts Engagement Officer, advocating for artists on the Collingwood Yards Board and Moreland Arts Advisory Committee and as a Co-Director of Broadwave podcasting network.
Izzy is a 2020-2021 recipient of the Australia Council Marten Bequest Scholarship for Poetry, and is currently completing a book of elegiac poetry, Raw Salt.
Emma Marie Jones is a Melbourne-based writer, 2015 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and 2016 Felix Meyer Scholar. She is the author of Something To Be Tiptoed Around, a work shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers in 2015 and due for release by Grattan Street Press in 2018. Emma’s work can be found in journals The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Seizure and others. She is currently working on her first novel.
Jessica Yu (@jessicazmyu) is the recipient of the Young Writers Innovation Prize 2014 and founding editor of interactive narrativity website, Betanarratives. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Best Australian Poems 2014, Cordite, Mascara, the Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, the Saturday Paper, Award Winning Australian Writing and more. She is a 2015 recipient of a Grace Marion Glenfern Fellowship as well as a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow.
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.