The Next Big Thing
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Find it hard to keep up with The Next Big Thing in books and writing? We’re here to help. The Next Big Thing is all about showcasing exciting new writers – those we believe are ones to watch.
This is a golden opportunity to discover the work of writers hand-picked by us from around Australia, in the cosy surrounds of The Moat, where you can enjoy a drink and a bite as you’re entertained and enlightened.
These are the literary stars of tomorrow. Come and hear from them today.
Featuring Geraldine Wooller, A.S. Patrić, Tracy Farr and Sam Prendergast.
Trio is Geraldine Wooller's fourth novel. Her second novel, The Seamstress, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award, the Western Australian Premier’s Award and long listed for The International Dublin Impac Award.
A. S. Patric is an award-winning author and creative writing teacher at the University of Melbourne. His story collection, Las Vegas for Vegans, was shortlisted in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards for the Steele Rudd Award. He is also the author of The Rattler & other stories and the novella Bruno Kramzer. His debut novel Black Rock White City was published in April 2015 to wide critical acclaim.
Tracy Farr is a Melbourne-born, Perth-raised, New Zealand-based writer. Her debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (Fremantle Press 2013) was longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award, shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Award and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and will be published in the UK (Aardvark Bureau) in early 2016. In July 2015 she’ll hold the inaugural Mildura Writers Festival Residency.
Sam Prendergast is a Melbourne-based freelance writer. She's a regular contributor to Frankie magazine, where she interviews interesting people and rants about her feelings. Her work has also been published in the Guardian, The Thousands and Voiceworks, amongst others. Currently, Sam is completing her Masters of Arts in history at Monash University.
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.