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March: Spotlight on Victoria

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.

Who?

Portrait of Abigail Ulman

Abigail Ulman

Abigail Ulman is a writer from Melbourne. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction from Stanford University, and a winner of the Best Young Australian Novelist Award. Her debut short story collection Hot Little Hands has been published in Australia and abroad.

Portrait of Anne Buist

Anne Buist

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.

Portrait of Ilka Tampke

Ilka Tampke

Ilka Tampke teaches fiction at RMIT University. Her first novel, Skin, was published in eight countries and was nominated for the Voss Literary Prize and the Aurealis Awards in 2016. Her second novel, Songwoman, was published in October 2018. Ilka lives on five acres in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria.

Portrait of Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark lives in Brunswick and studies Medicine at Melbourne University. 

The Next Big Thing

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.

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