The Next Big Thing
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What do you get when you take Australia’s small publishers, and add a dash of our Next Big Thing series? You get a yearly celebration of the books that have punched well above their weight.
Now in its sixth year, the Small Press Network’s Most Underrated Book Award celebrates independently published titles that didn’t receive the attention they deserved. Previously, the award has recognised books such as The Cook by Wayne Macauley, A Wrong Turn in the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson, and Building Cities by Marcus Westbury. Last year, it was won by Ailsa Wild, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti, Ben Hutchings and Jeremy Barr for The Invisible War. (We assume the award is doing the rounds of a five-way timeshare right now.)
For this jumbo instalment of our Next Big Thing series, hosted by Louise Swinn – and part of this year’s Small Press Network Conference – we’ll point you, dear reader, to books that deserve another look. (Don’t worry – we’ll bring the bar upstairs.)
Presented in partnership with Small Press Network.
Drinks available for purchase on the night.
Readings will be our bookseller at this event.
Louise Swinn is a writer, editor, publisher and reviewer. Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Louise was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize.
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.