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Our first ever event was a Debut Monday. Three years on, it’s still going strong, introducing new Australian talent each month.
Whether it’s meeting Australia’s latest wunderkind or hearing an unknown quantity strike a bold new path, Debut Mondays is your chance to discover your next favourite author.
You’ll meet a selection of new voices – from Victoria and beyond – including a special guest in each session from Voiceworks magazine.
Pop down to the MOAT, our resident bar and cafe, to grab a drink or a meal – and be nourished and entertained by the pick of our latest storytelling crop.
This month’s guests will include Michele Lee, Margaret Merrilees, Kyle Kohinga and Diana Greentree.
Kyle Kohinga is a writer and student from Melbourne. His poetry has been published in a few journals, including Voiceworks. He is on the cusp of finishing his undergrad degree.
Diana began her working life in theatre, first as a classical dancer then later as an actress in theatre, film, radio and television. Her latest book is The Camros Bird, published by Horizon.
Margaret Merrilees’ debut novel The First Week was published in 2013 after winning the Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award at Adelaide Writers’ Week. The book was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award and for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award.
In 2014, Wakefield Press published Fables Queer & Familiar (illustrated by Chia Moan). The Fables have also been broadcast as a weekly radio serial.
Michele Lee is an Asian-Australian writer. Her recent theatre works include Talon Salon (Next Wave Festival 2012, You Are Here Festival 2013, Darwin Festival 2013) and the AWGIE-winning radio play See how the leaf people run. She is currently working on Moths, recipient of the inaugural Betty Burstall Commission. Michele’s first memoir is Banana Girl (Transit Lounge, 2013).
Readers are spoilt for choice: bookshops are overflowing with the great, the good (and the rest), and it could not be harder to choose what to read next.
Let Debut Mondays be your guide to the best of new local writing. Come and have a glass of wine and discover the best new writers around.