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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. 

Ella Baxter’s novel New Animal follows a woman searching for solace in different worlds, 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.


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Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2020, A Million Things is her first novel.

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 Y... Read more

Lauren Taylor

Lauren is the Wheeler Centre’s Senior Programme and Podcast 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... Read more

Ella Baxter

Ella Baxter is a writer and artist living on unceded land of the Wurundjeri people. In her spare time she runs a small business making bespoke death shrouds. Her debut novel, New Animal, was released through Allen and Unwin in March 2021. She is currently writing her second novel, Woo Woo. ... Read more


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