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 round of writers for 2016. With Paul Dalla Rosa, Jessica Knight, Miki Perkins, Nadia Niaz, Laura Stortenbeker, Stephanie Van Schilt, Yvette Walker and Inga Hanover.
Keen to know more? You'll find out more about the projects they’re completing during their Fellowships right here.
Paul Dalla Rosa is a writer based in Melbourne. He has BA (Hons) in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. He was a 2016 Next Wave writer-in-residence and his fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Lifted Brow, Voiceworks and Hello Mr. He is currently at work on his short story collection, We Are Never Who We Were Meant To Be.
Inga Hanover challenges herself to visually respond to a page a day of Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. Her visual translation is a personal diary and a response to the outside world. Just as her book is not a straight narrative, her drawings are not meant to be read as a continuing narrative, but instead as a daily response to Proust’s words.
Jessica Knight is a writer, performer and comedian based in Melbourne. She has appeared in The Emerging Writers Festival, Red Dirt Poetry Festival. Her writing has appeared in Meanjin and Scum Mag. Jessica is a 2018 recipient of a Creative Victoria grant that will help fund her one woman show, Mormon Girl, about growing up Mormon and how she disentangled herself from that belief system to became the unapologetic feminist she is today. Jess won this November's MOTH story slam by telling a five minute version of her Mormon Girl show.
Nadia Niaz is a writer and academic who is now mostly from Melbourne, and still a little bit from lots of other places. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies, and teaches poetry and creative writing to everyone from pre-schoolers to postgraduates. Nadia’s own writing has appeared in Strange 4, Text, Mascara Literary Review, Cordite, and Alhamra Literary Review. She is the recipient of a 2016 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for the completion of her first novel.
Stephanie Van Schilt is editor of The Lifted Brow and co-host of The Rereaders podcast. The former TV columnist for Kill Your Darlings, Stephanie's writing has featured in various publications including Metro, Crikey, Junkee and the Big Issue.
Yvette Walker has a BA (Honours) and a PhD from Curtin University. She was a writing fellow at Varuna, the Writer's Centre, in 2009 and again in 2011. Her debut novel, Letters to the End of Love, was published by University of Queensland Press.
Miki Perkins is a senior writer at the Age who reports on social affairs. Her stories cover topics like family violence, mental health, gender and disability. She has won national and Victorian awards for her stories on family violence.
Laura Stortenbeker is a writer and editor. Her work has been published in Overland, Meanjin, Chart Collective and Kill Your Darlings. In 2016 she was the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.
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.