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, starting with our home base of Victoria in March, then New South Wales in April, and another region in May.
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 March, we'll feature Abigail Ulman, Anne Buist, Ilka Tampke and Jeremy Clark.
Abigail Ulman was born and raised in Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne/VCA, and was a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. Hot Little Hands is her debut book.
Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Medea’s Curse is her first mainstream psychological thriller.
Ilka Tampke was awarded a Glenfern Fellowship in 2012. Her short stories and articles have been published in several anthologies. She lives in Woodend, Australia. Skin is her first novel.
Jeremy Clark lives in Brunswick and studies Medicine at Melbourne University.
New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.
A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.
Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.