The Next Big Thing
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The saying is that good things come in small packages, and this December, our Next Big Thing is taking it to heart. Which writers are making the most of short form?
Pull up a glass of wine and let us introduce you to quality over quantity – with the best in microfiction, micropoetry, short non-fiction, essays and more (or less).
Hear new work from Deserae Horswood, Jack Latimore, Madeline Bailey and Kathryn Ross. And if it goes well, who knows? Maybe next year, we’ll be the Next Small Thing.
Jack Latimore is an Indigenous researcher with the Centre for Advancing Journalism. He is currently involved in the development of several projects aimed at improving the quality of Indigenous representation and participation in the mainstream media-sphere. His journalism work has appeared in Koori Mail, Guardian Australia, Overland and IndigenousX.
Deserae Horswood is a writer, researcher and social psychologist. Her experimental non-fiction integrates critical theory and creative non-fiction, and in 2016 she won the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. She has a Masters in Writingfrom the University of Melbourne and has worked for The Lifted Brow and Melbourne University Publishing. Deserae is currently running a project with the University of New South Wales in Western Sydney, talking with newly-arrived refugee children and families about their resettlement experience.
Kathryn Ross lives in a small coastal town in Victoria, where she divides her time between writing poetry, and working as a registered nurse in aged care. Her poetry has been included in anthologies and online journals, and she has been commissioned to write and read poetry as part of local festivals. She has co-authored a collection of long-distance collaborative poetry, At the Edge of Forget, released in 2015 and written with fellow poets from Melbourne, Michigan and California. She writes daily short-form poetry which she shares on social media.
Madeline Bailey is a 20-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne, where she studies anthropology and creative writing. She grew up in Tasmania and won the Future Leaders Writing Prize while in Year 12 at Hobart College. Two of her short stories have since appeared in Voiceworks, and a third is upcoming in their summer 2016 issue. As Madeline alternates between critical and creative projects, her academic and poetic pieces tend to infiltrate and inform one another. She is interested in experimenting with how analytical and expressive forms blur.
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.