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Iconic Duos: The Next Chapter Writers and Mentors


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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

Oliver Reeson

Oliver Reeson is an essayist and screenwriter. They are currently one of the recipients of the Next Chapter Fellowship, and mentored by Maria Tumarkin. Their work has appeared in publications such as Overland, Meanjin, Autostraddle, Literary Hub, and The Saturday Paper. In 2018 they co-created and w... 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 a writer, journalist and Crikey’s editor-in-chief. She has worked in senior management across cultural and media organisations, and has written for outlets such as The Guardian and The Monthly. As the Wheeler Centre’s head of publishing, she oversaw projects such as the Walk... Read more


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