The Next Big Thing
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With each year that passes, Australia consistently produces a wealth of new literary talent. From debut novelists to short-story writers, memoirists to poets, we are truly living in a golden age for the written word.
How to keep up? It’s simple. Once a month, head on down to The Next Big Thing, where you will hear from and meet four exciting new authors, and maybe a few who’ve been around for a while but haven’t had the exposure they deserve. These are the literary stars of tomorrow. Come and hear from them today.
Elizabeth Kuiper spent most of her childhood in Zimbabwe, before moving to Australia. She’s currently studying at the University of Melbourne.
Angela Meyer is an editor, journalist and fiction writer who has appeared at many literary festivals around Australia. Her collection of flash fiction, Captives, is out this month.
Pierz Newton-John is a fiction writer and former psychotherapist. One of the founding members of The School of Life Melbourne, his short-story collection is Fault Lines.
Emily Bitto is a fiction writer and teacher. Her debut novel, The Strays, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and is released this month.
Pierz Newton-John is a writer, web developer and former psychotherapist. He is also a founding faculty member of The School of Life Melbourne. His critically acclaimed short-story collection Fault Lines, exploring themes of masculinity, alienation and relationship fracture in contemporary Australia, was published by Spineless Wonders in March 2012.
Emily Bitto has a Masters in Literature and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Her debut novel, The Strays, was shortlisted for the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was published by Affirm Press in 2014. It was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize.
Elizabeth Kuiper has loved to write for as long as she can remember, her first story being the adventures of a talking bicycle.
Angela Meyer’s writing has been widely published, including in Best Australian Stories, Island, The Big Issue, The Australian, The Lifted Brow and Killings. Her debut novel A Superior Spectre will be released in August 2018 (Peter Bishop Books/Ventura). She has previously published a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt).
By day she works as a commissioning editor and is behind books like The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic and Ida by Alison Evans. She lives in Melbourne.
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.