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Iconic Duos: The Next Chapter Writers and Mentors


Now in its third year, The Next Chapter writers’ scheme provides emerging writers with time, space and support in which to thrive. Join three recipients and their mentors – Dan Hogan and Rebecca Giggs, Oliver Reeson and Maria Tumarkin, and Jonathon Slottje and Bruce Pascoe – to discuss the varied forms support for writers can take, and the unique qualities of writing mentorships. Hosted by Sophie Black.

Presented by the Wheeler Centre with support from the Aesop Foundation, The Next Chapter gives ten outstanding writers the time and space to write, and a 12-month mentorship with an experienced writer. Through these mentorships, tomorrow’s great voices are steered and supported by today’s literary icons.

Presented in partnership with Sydney Writers’ Festival


Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and Griffith Review. Rebecca’s non-fiction focuses on how people connect with animals in a time of techn... Read more

Dan Hogan

Dan Hogan is a working class writer and public school teacher who grew up in San Remo, NSW (Awabakal and Darkinjung Country). They currently live and work on Dharug and Gadigal Country (Sydney). Dan’s poetry and essays have won the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the Wheeler Centre Next Ch... Read more

Oliver Reeson

Oliver Reeson is the Wheeler Centre’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Oliver is an essayist and screenwriter. Their writing has appeared in publications such as Literary Hub, Autostraddle, Meanjin, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Growing Up Queer in Australia and Dizzy Limits. They... Read more

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists and has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. Her fourth (and latest) book Axiomatic won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Lit... Read more

Jonathon Slottje

Jonathon was born at the Brisbane Women’s Hospital in 1947 to Cecile Walker who lived in Wolvi, Queensland. His grandmother was Eleanor Ryan, daughter of Gubbi Gubbi midwife Christina Copson and Irishman Michael Ryan. Due to severe abuse at the hands of his Russian stepfather Walter Lucas, Jonat... Read more

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He’s the author of the best-selling Dark Emu, Young Dark Emu: A Truer History, Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia and over thirty other books including the short story collections Night Animals... Read more

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is head of special projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast mentoring scheme Signal Boost, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief... Read more


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