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Melbourne Writers Festival Edition


The Next Big Thing is all about showcasing exciting new writers: the ones to watch. In this special MWF edition of the Wheeler Centre series, hear from Miles Allinson, Maria Katsonis, Eileen Ormsby and Laura Woollett – in the cosy surrounds of The Moat. Hosted by Helen Withycombe.


Laura Woollett

Laura Elizabeth Woollett is a Melbourne-based author. Her short story collection The Love of a Bad Man (2016) was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction in 2017. Her latest novel, Beautiful Revolutionary (2018), follo... Read more

Miles Allinson

Miles Allinson is a writer, an artist and the author of the multi award-winning novel Fever of Animals. He lives in Melbourne.

Maria Katsonis

Maria Katsonis is a writer, public policy wonk and vocal mental health advocate. Her memoir, The Good Greek Girl (2015) recounts her experience of mental illness and recovery, set against her escape from a traditional Greek upbringing when she came out as gay. Described by The Age as ‘loving a... Read more

Eileen Ormsby

After seven years as a corporate lawyer in Melbourne and London, Eileen Ormsbythrew it in to become a freelance journalist and writer, with regular investigative features for the Age focusing on cybercrime, online privacy and illicit drugs. Finding her way into the murky underworld of the dark web i... Read more


The Moat

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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