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


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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.


Ellie Marney

Ellie Marney is a New York Times bestselling author of YA thrillers. Her ten titles include The Killing Code, None Shall Sleep, and the Every series. She has spent a lifetime touring autopsy suites, interviewing pathology specialists, talking with law enforcement, and asking former spies how to make... Read more

Liam Pieper

Liam Pieper is an author and journalist. His first book was a memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award. His second was the Penguin Special Mistakes Were Made, a volume of humorous essays. He was co-recipient of the 20... Read more

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.

Diana Sweeney

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


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