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 is an award winning writer of plays, fiction and poetry. The Good Girl (2013) won Best Emerging Writer at Melbourne Fringe and a Green Room nomination. Dream Home (shortlisted for the 2013 Patrick White Award) will premier at Darebin Arts Speakeasy in 2015. Emilie was part of the 2014 Malthouse Besen Writers Program and has a Masters in Writing for Performance from VCA. She is widely published and her speculative fiction has won three prizes at the Scarlet Stiletto Awards (2012 and 2013). Emilie has two collections of short fiction published with Clan Destine Press.
Lian Low is a writer, editor and spoken word artist. She is currently editor-at-large for Asian-Australian arts and culture magazine Peril, previously editor-in-chief (2010-2014) and prose editor (2009-2014).
Recently, Lian worked on the performance text for the sold out premiere of Do you speak Chinese? which was part of the Dance Massive program, held at the Malthouse Theatre in March 2015.
Izzy Roberts-Orr is a Melbourne-based poet, playwright and editor who grew up between Alice Springs and Footscray. She is the current Festival Director and Co-CEO of Emerging Writers' Festival.
Izzy is interested in making work that is political, personal and accessible, engaging particularly with debates around feminism, class, internet culture and the sociopolitical landscape in Australia.
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.
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.