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Experience a collection of fresh works at The Moat, as the latest line-up of Next Big Thing writers present readings that delve into themes of identity, transformation, and the meaning of home.

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About the event

For this instalment of The Next Big Thing, debut writers of fiction, poetry and memoir reflect on heart and home.

Infused with classical influences, award-winning poet Amy Crutchfield’s debut collection, The Cyprian, explores the joy and heartbreak of love.

Magdalena McGuire’s story collection Born for You shines a light on the highs and lows of the domestic sphere, and the ways motherhood forces people to reinvent themselves.

Ilona Mutuku‘s Voiceworks piece, ‘To Live in a Virtual World’, is about finding community and home in video games.

I’d Rather Not is a collection of wayward autobiographical tales that traverse the adventures and misadventures of writer Robert Skinner.

Join these writers at The Moat as they reflect on finding our true selves – at home, in travel, or in the love of another.

Unfortunately, Jessica Yu is no longer able to appear at this event.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.


Please notify us of all access requirements when booking online so we can assist you with your visit. If you require further information, please contact reception on 03 9094 7800 or

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing takes place every month at the Moat and is a cherished Melbourne institution. It’s the place to be if you want to hear great emerging writers read from new and adventurous work.


The Next Big Thing


Amy Crutchfield

Amy Crutchfield is a poet based in Melbourne/Naarm. Her poetry has been published in Australia, the UK and Ireland in journals including the Australian Poetry Journal, The Poetry Review, PN Review and Poetry Ireland Review. She was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and won the Gwen Harwood P... Read more

Magdalena McGuire

Magdalena McGuire was born in Poland, raised in tropical Darwin, and now lives in Melbourne. She has won, and been nominated for, various writing awards, including the Mslexia short fiction competition, judged by one of her writing heroes, Deborah Levy. Her fiction has been published widely, includi... Read more

Ilona Mutuku

Ilona Mutuku is a writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Her work delves into the fascinating intersections of science, culture, and art. In 2021, Ilona participated in Express Media’s toolkit development program, which provided valuable opportunities for her personal and literary growth. Rec... Read more

Diem Nguyen

Diem is the Wheeler Centre’s Program Coordinator. She has worked at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Writers Victoria, and the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Gender Studies and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management, both ... Read more

Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner was born and raised on the Adelaide Plains. His writing appears frequently in The Monthly, and has also been featured in The Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Comedy Writing and Internazionale. He currently lives in Melbourne, where he works in a bookshop and plays football at t... Read more


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