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The Next Big Thing: Hot Desk 2023 Edition #1


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In this instalment of our popular Next Big Thing series, we’re showcasing writers from the first intake of the 2023 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships.

About the event

The Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships have kicked off for another year, and in this instalment of our popular Next Big Thing series, we’re showcasing writers from the first intake of fellows. Grab a drink from the Moat bar and be the first to hear excerpts from these exciting projects-in-progress.

Hosted by Diem Nguyen, this edition of The Next Big Thing features 2023 Hot Desk Fellows Mark Hewitt, Victoria Kenworthy, Lauren Mullings, Shoshanna Rockman, Melanie Schuijers and Jamie Tram, whose works – ranging from fiction to poetry, screenplay and personal essays – have all been refined over the writers’ ten-week fellowships.

Unfortunately Sienna Barton is no longer able to appear at this event.

The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships are supported by the Readings Foundation and Just Pretending theatre group.


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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


Mark Hewitt

Mark Hewitt is a writer from Melbourne. His debut fiction, the short story Doorknocker, was published in Empty Mind Plaza in 2022. Westie is his first novel.

Victoria Kenworthy

Victoria Kenworthy is a writer and researcher from Geelong, currently based in Melbourne. She recently completed a PhD at RMIT University’s School of Media & Communication, analysing how we can imagine fictional concepts from written words: in music, time, and Marcel Proust’s madeleine. She... Read more

Lauren Mullings

Lauren Mullings is a writer and multi-disciplinary artist of Afro-Caribbean descent. She migrated to Melbourne from the UK with her British-Australian mother and Jamaican father, Winston, whom she has written about in a short memoir by the same name. Her work ranges from fiction, to critical contrib... Read more

Shoshanna Rockman

Shoshanna Rockman was awarded 1st place for Batimore Science Fiction Society Prize 2022, 2nd place for Melbourne Poets Union 2022, 2nd place for Oprelle Publications Prize 2022 and 3rd place for My Brother Jack 2021. She was shortlisted for the Minds Shine Bright 2022, had two poems shortlisted for ... Read more

Melanie Schuijers

Melanie Schuijers is a writer, lyricist, and psychologist working on Boonwurrung country. She has penned a song that charted in the top twenty, won an independent music award, written music for film and television, published poetry, and published academically. She studied creative writing and litera... Read more

Jamie Tram

Jamie Tram is a culture writer and screenwriter. Their work can be found in ABC Arts, The Saturday Age, and The Big Issue, where they are currently the Small Screens Editor. They’ve also appeared on ABC’s Art Works program and Triple R’s Primal Screen podcast to gush about their favourite Hong... 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


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