The Next Big Thing
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In October at The Next Big Thing, we’ll explore themes of escape and discovery; estrangement and re-connection. It’s the Lost and Found edition, and we’ll be hearing new work from some incredible writers.
Kathryn Hind’s debut novel, Hitch, is about a young woman’s perilous hitchhiking journey through the Australian desert. Katy Warner’s Everywhere Everything Everyone is a high-concept YA novel about power and resistance. Tyson Yunkaporta’s Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World calls for a radical rethinking of the human relationship with the world we live in. And Lujayn Hourani’s essay, 'Carmen, Hassad, and Every Dream I've Ever Had', appears in the most recent edition of Voiceworks (#116 Pluto).
Readings will be our bookseller for this event.
Stella is the Wheeler Centre's Programming Coordinator.
An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.
Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, arts critic and researcher, who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne.
Kathryn Hind was born in Canberra and has now returned there after living for five years in the UK. She’s published essays and short stories in various Australian journals and collections, and has had a poem published on one of Canberra’s Action buses. Kathryn began her first novel, Hitch, while studying in the UK, and in 2018 she was awarded the inaugural Penguin Literary Prize for the manuscript.
Katy Warner always thought she wanted to be an actor and for a big part of her life that's what she did – until she realised she actually preferred writing the words herself. Now, she’s an award-winning playwright and the author of many short stories and a young-adult novel. Even though she misses the costumes, Katy is much happier as a writer. Her plays have been performed across Australia and in New Zealand, London and Edinburgh. Katy lives in Melbourne with her husband, their cat and a lot of books. Her debut novel is Everywhere Everything Everyone.
Lujayn Hourani is a Palestinian writer, editor, and arts worker based in Naarm. Their practice uses little stories to ask and answer big questions. Lujayn has been published in Overland, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging, and Voiceworks among others.
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.