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The Next Big Thing: Into the Ether


Five of Australia’s most talented emerging voices usher in the May edition of our beloved Next Big Thing series.

About the Event

At our May edition of The Next Big Thing, debut writers Manisha Anjali, Alex Creece, Cher Tan and Ruby Todd join us to explore dreams, the cosmic, the otherworldly and the digital realm.

Cher Tan’s debut book Peripathetic is a collection of non-linear essays that bend and break boundaries. Ruby Todd’s 2023 Unpublished Manuscript Award-shortlisted literary thriller Bright Objects blends mystery, astronomy, and romance. Manisha Anjali journeys across oceans and explores the language of dreams in her debut poetry collection Naag Mountain. Alex Creece’s Potty Mouth is a delightfully vulgar and bawdy collection of poems. Jamil Badi’s Voiceworks piece, ‘Why the Waterholes Went Mad’, is influenced by folktales and oral storytelling practices from East Africa.

Join us at The Moat to celebrate these influential and exciting emerging voices in Australia’s literary landscape.


The Next Big Thing series is generously supported by George and Rosa Morstyn.


Full $19
Concession $15
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About the Bookseller


The bookseller for this event is Readings.

The Next Big Thing

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

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.

Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat, while sampling writing from tomorrow’s best and brightest literary stars.

Next Big Thing is generously supported by George and Rosa Morstyn.


The Next Big Thing


Manisha Anjali

Manisha Anjali is the author of Naag Mountain (Giramondo, 2024). She is the founder of Neptune, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. Manisha was a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendi... Read more

Jamil Badi

Jamil Badi is a writer living on unceded Wurundjeri land with a particular interest in folktales, oral storytelling, and African myths. His work strives to emulate the style and performative aspects of these stories, whilst addressing and engaging with contemporary issues. His work has been publishe... Read more

Alex Creece

Alex Creece is a writer, collage artist, and average kook living on Wadawurrung land. Alex works as the Online Editor for Archer Magazine and the Production Editor for Cordite Poetry Review. She’s also on the editorial committee for Sunder Journal. Alex has been awarded fellowships... Read more

Cher Tan

Cher Tan is an essayist and critic. Her work has appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, Hyperallergic, Catapult, The Age, Disclaimer Journal, Cordite Poetry Review and Overland, amongst many others. She is an editor at Liminal and the reviews editor at Meanjin. Peripathetic: Notes on (U... Read more

Ruby Todd

Ruby Todd is an Australian writer with a PhD in writing and literature. She is the recipient of the 2019 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest award for Fiction and the inaugural 2020 Furphy Literary Award, among others. Shortlisted for the 2023 Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscrip... 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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