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Living Memory


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The Next Big Thing is a cherished mainstay of the Wheeler Centre programme, which each month sees emerging and debut writers read original and exciting work. In this instalment, writers respond to the pressures of living with memories and experiences passed along through time.

Ashley Goldberg’s Abomination (shortlisted for the 2020 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award) explores the reunion of two friends who embarked on divergent paths after a scandal rocked their ultra-Orthodox Jewish school. George Haddad’s Losing Face is a gripping and thought-provoking novel about consent and inherited family trauma that challenges the idea that facing consequences makes us better people. Janine Mikosza’s Homesickness uses words and illustrations to revisit the fourteen houses she lived in before turning eighteen, exploring memory and the ways that childhood trauma can live on in an adult’s body. Isobel Beech’s powerful debut Sunbathing explores life, death and the restorative power of friendship under the warm summer sun of Umbria. Stef Raad will also read their piece ‘White Ferarri’, which is featured in the newest edition of Voiceworks.

Join us at The Moat to enjoy a delicious drink and bite to eat, while sampling writing from tomorrow’s best and brightest literary stars.


Isobel Beech

Isobel Beech is a writer based on Wurundjeri Country, with a background in copywriting, creative, and internet news media. Her first book, the non-fiction gift book How to Be Online and Also Be Happy, was published late-2021. Sunbathing is her first novel.

Ashley Goldberg

Ashley Goldberg is an Australian writer based in Melbourne. His fiction has appeared in New Australian Fiction 2021, Meanjin, Chiron Review, The Honest Ulsterman and Award Winning Australian Writing among other publications. Ashley has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and a Graduat... Read more

George Haddad

Dr George Haddad is an award-winning writer, artist and academic practising on Gadigal land. His novella, Populate and Perish, was the winner of the 2016 Viva La Novella competition and his short story Kátharsis was awarded the 2018 Neilma Sidney Prize. George’s novel, Losing Face, was longl... Read more

Janine Mikosza

Janine Mikosza is a writer with a background in visual art and a PhD in sociology. Her essays and short stories have appeared in publications such as The Kenyon Review, Electric Literature, The Best Australian Essays, and Meanjin. She lives in Melbourne. ... Read more

Veronica Sullivan

Veronica Sullivan is the Wheeler Centre’s Head of Programming. She is a board member of Overland literary journal and a member of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. Previously, she was a board member and Program Manager of the Feminist Writers Festival, Prize Manager of the Stel... Read more


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176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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