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Hot Desk Edition (September)


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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.


Portrait of Paul Dalla Rosa
Paul Dalla Rosa

Paul Dalla Rosa is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. His stories have appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Meanjin and New York Tyrant. In 2019, his story ‘Comme’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award. He is currently undertaking his PhD at... Read more

Inga Hanover

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 nar... Read more

Jessica Knight

Jessica Knight is a writer based in Melbourne.

Nadia Niaz

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... Read more

Stephanie Van Schilt

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.&... Read more

Yvette Walker

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. Letters to the End of Love won a 2014 WA Premier&... Read more

Miki Perkins

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

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... Read more


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