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.
Each month, we’ll focus on a different Australian state or territory. We started with our home base of Victoria in March, New South Wales in April, and South Australia in May. In June, it's Queensland's turn.
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.
In June, meet Queensland writers Trent Jamieson, Bri Lee, Sally Piper and Sarah Holland-Batt.
Trent Jamieson is a teacher, bookseller and writer of science fiction and fantasy, including the Death Works series. He has twice won Aurealis Awards for his short stories. He lives in Brisbane.
Bri Lee is an author and freelance writer whose journalism has been published in the Monthly, the Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia, Crikey, and elsewhere. Bri's first book, Eggshell Skull, won numerous awards including the ABIA Biography of the Year and the People's Choice at the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and also made several other listings including the longlist for The Stella Prize and the shortlist at the Indie Book Awards. Her second book is an essay titled Beauty.
Sally Piper’s debut novel, Grace’s Table, was shortlisted for the 2011 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards in the Emerging Queensland Author category. She has had short stories, poetry and non-fiction articles published in Australia and the UK, appearing in writing journals, literary magazines and the Weekend Australian. She currently lives in Brisbane with her husband and two sons.
Sarah Holland-Batt was born in Southport, Queensland. She is the recipient of the WG Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholarship, Yaddo and MacDowell fellowships, and an Australia Council Literature Residency at the BR Whiting Studio in Rome, among other honours.
Her first book Aria (UQP, 2008) won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, the Arts ACT Judith Wright Award and the FAW Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted in the New South Wales Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Award. The Hazards (UQP, June 2015) is her second collection of poetry.
The Next Big Thing takes place every month at the Moat and is a cherished Melbourne institution. It's the place to be if you want to hear great emerging writers read from new and adventurous work.
Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat, while sampling writing from tomorrow's best and brightest literary stars.