The Next Big Thing: Known Unknowns Edition
Join five incredible emerging and debut writers as they take you to uncanny planes of uncertainty and unfixed possibility.
Rhett Davis’s Hovering (winner of the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript) is a kaleidoscopic story about three people struggling to find connection in a chaotic and impermanent world. Jessica Au’s Cold Enough for Snow (inaugural winner of The Novel Prize) expresses both the tenderness and distance between a mother and daughter on holiday in Japan. Natasha Sholl’s Found, Wanting is a memoir about falling in love in the aftermath of loss, and what it means to build a life in the space that death leaves. Flora Chol is a contributor to Unlimited Futures, an anthology of speculative, visionary short fiction by emerging and established First Nations writers and Black writers, and Lucy Robin’s essay in Voiceworks, ‘On Phantasmagorical Women’, looks at the spectral qualities of queer relationships.
Grab a drink from the bar at the Moat and prepare to be transported to worlds where things are felt but rarely spoken.
The bookseller for this event is Readings
Jessica Au lives and writes in Melbourne. Her short stories have appeared in Overland, Wet Ink, The Sleepers Almanac and Meanjin Quarterly, where she has also worked as deputy editor. Cargo is her first novel.
Flora Chol Is Melbourne based South Sudanese writer, Poet and activist. Flora migrated to Australia with her mother, brothers and sister in 2003. Flora describes herself as ‘an earthly black woman writing in a stream of literary consciousness’. In May 2019 Flora published her debut a Poetic Anth... Read more
Rhett Davis is from the Wadawurrung country of Geelong and its nearby coastal towns. He has published in places like The Big Issue, Meanjin and The Sleepers Almanac. In 2015 he completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His debut novel, Hovering, was wri... Read more
Lucy Robin is a writer and bookseller living on stolen Boon Wurrung land. She is interested in motorcycles, ghosts, and post-punk rebellion. Their work has appeared in Island, Voiceworks, Archer, swim meet lit mag, and elsewhere. She has performed her work at The Wheeler Centre’s The Next Big Thin... Read more
Natasha Sholl is a Melbourne-based writer and lapsed lawyer. Her writing has appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend magazine, The Guardian, SBS Voices, Kill Your Darlings, Mamamia and elsewhere. She graduated from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Creative Writing. In 2020 s... Read more
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