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. We started with our home base of Victoria in March, then New South Wales in April. In May, it's South Australia's turn.
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 May, we'll feature Patrick Allington, Katerina Bryant, Rebekah Clarkson and Margaret Merrilees.
Patrick Allington’s novel Figurehead was published by Black Inc. in 2009 and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. His short fiction, essays and reviews have appeared widely in newspapers, magazines and online. As the inaugural ABR Fellow, he wrote a major essay about the Miles Franklin Literary Award and 'Australianness'.
Margaret Merrilees’ debut novel The First Week was published in 2013 after winning the Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award at Adelaide Writers’ Week. The book was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award and for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award.
In 2014, Wakefield Press published Fables Queer & Familiar (illustrated by Chia Moan). The Fables have also been broadcast as a weekly radio serial.
Katerina Bryant is a writer, editor and law student based in Adelaide. She writes mostly nonfiction, with an emphasis on women and pop culture. She is currently a fortnightly columnist at Lip Magazine, where she examines how life in practice and feminist values align. Her work has appeared in journals such as Overland Online and Voiceworks.
Rebekah Clarkson’s short stories have been published widely, most recently in Best Australian Stories, Australian Book Review, and Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding short stories by Australian women published by Black Inc. Her stories have also been recognized in major awards in Australia and overseas, including the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, Fish Publishing Short Story Prize, Glimmer Train and the Carmel Bird Long Story Award.
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.