The Next Big Thing

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At our May Next Big Thing event, step inside the stories and experiences of four writers whose work explores very different realms. 

Veronica Heritage-Gorrie’s memoir Black and Blue offers an insider’s perspective on justice, racism and the police force; Sam van Zweden’s Eating With My Mouth Open digests the personal and cultural aspects of food and bodies, Emily Spurr’s novel A Million Things ruminates on the secrets houses and families can conceal, while Sar Fegan’s piece ‘Root Rot’, published in the latest issue of Voiceworks, is a personal dissection of the realities and flaws of the medical system.

Join us at the Moat to explore these physical, emotional and structural spaces: their ins, outs and in-betweens.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.


Portrait of Veronica Heritage-Gorrie

Veronica Heritage-Gorrie

Veronica Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai woman who lives and writes in Victoria. Black and Blue, a memoir of her childhood and the decade she spent in the police force, is her first book. Veronica is still aected by the racism and traumatic events she experienced during her ten years in the police. A lifetime of overcoming adversity has given her strength and a passion for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and for abolishing legislations that wrongfully incarcerate her people.

Portrait of Sam van Zweden

Sam van Zweden

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her writing has been published by the Saturday Paper, ABC Life, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, The Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her debut book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, and is available now.

Portrait of Emily Spurr

Emily Spurr

Originally from Tasmania, Emily lives in Melbourne's inner west with her partner, their twin sons and a deaf, geriatric cat.

Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2020, A Million Things is her first novel.

Portrait of Sar Fegan

Sar Fegan

Sar Fegan (they/them) is a white dyke writer and creator working on Wurundjeri country. They use experimental forms to explore memory and madness, and are currently working on their first essay collection. Their work has appeared in Voiceworks, and they were a featured artist at the 2020 National Young Writers Festival. They can usually be found filling out pain questionnaires with the support of their hound, Sago. 

Sar Fegan is our Voiceworks contributor for The Next Big Thing.

Portrait of Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Lauren is the Wheeler Centre’s Programme Producer.

She has worked extensively across Melbourne’s arts and cultural sector as a creative producer, programmer, broadcaster, podcaster, facilitator and media maker with organisations including Triple R, Monash University Performing Arts Centres, MPavilion, Noisy Ritual and ABC Radio.

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The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing takes place every month at the Moat and is a cherished Melbourne institution. It's the place to be if you want to hear great emerging writers read from new and adventurous work.

Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat, while sampling writing from tomorrow's best and brightest literary stars.


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