The Next Big Thing

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June: Ellie Marney, Liam Pieper, Tom O'Byrne and Diana Sweeney

With each year that passes, Australia consistently produces a wealth of new literary talent. From debut novelists to short-story writers, memoirists to poets, we are truly living in a golden age for the written word.

How to keep up? It’s simple. Once a month, head on down to The Next Big Thing, where you will hear from and meet four exciting new authors, and maybe a few who’ve been around for a while but haven’t had the exposure they deserve. These are the literary stars of tomorrow. Come and hear from them today.

Ellie Marney is a young adult author whose debut crime thriller Every Breath came out in 2013, and is followed this year by Every Word, and in 2015 by Every Move.

Liam Pieper is a journalist and author whose memoir about being an inept gangster, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, hits the shelves this month.

Tom O’Byrne is a short-story writer and student, currently working on his first novel.

Diana Sweeney is a lecturer and model, whose acclaimed debut young adult novel The Minnow is out this winter.


Portrait of Ellie Marney

Ellie Marney

Ellie Marney is a teacher and Young Adult author who specializes in crime and all things involving dastardly mystery. Her highly-awarded adult short stories have been published in Australia and the UK, and her debut YA crime thriller Every Breath (Allen & Unwin, 2013) is followed by two sequels, Every Word (June 2014), and Every Move (March 2015).

Portrait of Liam Pieper

Liam Pieper

Liam Pieper’s grandmother introduces him to her friends, as ‘my grandson who writes for the Internet’. You might find his work in the Monthly, Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and The Sleepers Almanac. He is the author of a memoir, The Feelgood Hit of The Year; a collection of essays, Mistakes Were Made; and a novel, The Toymaker. Find him on Twitter, @liampieper

Portrait of Tom O'Byrne

Tom O'Byrne

Tom O’Byrne is a Melbourne based writer who’s been published in various literary journals. He’s currently balancing his fiction with a corporate day job managing web content.

Portrait of Diana Sweeney

Diana Sweeney

Diana Sweeney is a university lecturer and model, whose acclaimed debut young adult novel The Minnow is out this winter.

The Next Big Thing

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.


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