The Next Big Thing
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There has been an explosion of vibrant new writing talent in Australia of late, and since we opened our doors, the Wheeler Centre has been right at the heart of the 21st century literary zeitgeist. Our first ever event was a Debut Monday, showcasing exciting new authors.
The Next Big Thing is the evolution of that event. We’ve broadened our horizons to present to you not only first time authors, but also those dedicated scribes with several books to their name. These are the names we believe should be on everyone’s lips, the authors we love, but who may have slipped under your radar. Join us to discover them before everyone else does!
If you plan on making a night out of it, the MOAT offers a pre-event package from 5 – 6pm: $20 for a meal and a glass of wine. Bookings essential; call (03) 9094 7820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Jervis-Read is a fiction writer from Melbourne. Her debut novella, Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall, won the inaugural Viva La Novella competition and was published by Seizure in 2013.
Joey started writing stories around the same time she stopped playing with her beanie kids. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and History from the University of Melbourne, and is about to begin a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing.
Briohny Doyle is a Melbourne based writer and academic. She has published work in Meanjin, Overland and the Age. Her debut novel The Island Will Sink (The Lifted Brow) was released to critical acclaim in 2016. Adult Fantasy, her first book of nonfiction, is forthcoming through Scribe this year.
She teaches at Deakin and RMIT universities, and is a 2017 Endeavour Award recipient – undertaking research fellowships at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Anna Cowan has been writing since she was eight years old. She lives in Melbourne with her Scottish husband and their daughter. She is the author of Untamed. Her love affair with romance shows no signs of ending.
New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.
A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.
Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.