The Next Big Thing

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at The Moat


‘Write what you know’ is the first rule of creative writing, so it’s no surprise that many a writer arrives through the emotional rigour and storytelling craft of memoir. Join us for a night of personal stories – funny, moving and memorable – that’ll have you looking forward to looking back.

Featuring Kel Chandler, Margi Gibb, Paul Keogh and Adalya Nash Hussein.


Portrait of Kelly Chandler

Kelly Chandler

Kelly Chandler has been published in the Age, The Lifted Brow, Griffith Review, Big Issue, Slow Guide, Death Mook and New Zealand Herald. A former editor of Voiceworks, Chandler was chair of the National Young Writers’ Festival and journalist trainer at the trilingual Independent newspaper in Vanuatu.

Portrait of Margi Gibb

Margi Gibb

Margi Gibb was born in the Victorian high country. She is a singer, songwriter, visual artist, adventurer, survivor, writer and educator.

Portrait of Paula Keogh

Paula Keogh

Paula Keogh has a PhD in creative writing from La Trobe University and received the 2015 Affirm Press Mentorship Award for the development of The Green Bell at Varuna, the National Writers House. She taught at RMIT University for nine years, and has lived in Canberra, Adelaide and Toronto, but considers Melbourne home.

Portrait of Adalya Nash Hussein

Adalya Nash Hussein

Adalya Nash Hussein edits non-fiction for Voiceworks, studies maths at the University of Melbourne and regularly talks about books and music for SYN Nation’s Art Smitten. She tweets badly from @adalyanh, posts photos of herself at @adalya_ and can be seen in the background of a video clip from Anthony Callea’s Christmas album, which she played violin on.

The Next Big Thing

Want to meet tomorrow’s literary stars today? Let us introduce you.

Our long-running Next Big Thing series is our showcase for great new local talent. You’ll hear emerging writers reading from bold and adventurous work. Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat at the Moat, while your future favourite authors knock your socks off.


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