The Next Big Thing
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Brooke Davis’s debut novel, Lost and Found, about grief and recovery, has been an instant bestseller – and the subject of an Australian Story. Brooke will be in conversation with Jo Case.
Paul Dalla Rosa is comics editor for the upcoming online journal Betanarratives, the 2014 winner of Express Media’s Young Innovation Prize.
Nic Low is an author and artist of Ngai Tahu and European descent. Arms Race is his debut collection of short stories.
Clare Atkins has worked as a scriptwriter for many successful television series including All Saints and Winners and Losers. Nona and Me is her first book.
Brooke Davis grew up in Bellbrae, Victoria, and attempted to write her first novel when she was ten years old. It was a genre-busting foray into the inner-workings of a teenage girl’s mind, titled Summer Sadness. Fortunately, it remains unfinished, as she quickly realised she didn’t know the first thing about sadness, or being a teenager. Lost and Found is her first proper novel.
Paul Dalla Rosa is a writer based in Melbourne. He has BA (Hons) in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. He was a 2016 Next Wave writer-in-residence and his fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Lifted Brow, Voiceworks and Hello Mr. He is currently at work on his short story collection, We Are Never Who We Were Meant To Be.
Clare Atkins has worked as a scriptwriter for many successful television series including All Saints, Home and Away, Winners and Losers and Wonderland. Nona and Me is her first book, which she wrote while living in Arnhem Land.
Nic Low is an author and artist of Ngai Tahu and European descent. Born in Christchurch, he now divides his time between Melbourne and a bush retreat near Castlemaine. Arms Race, published by Text in August 2014, is his debut collection of short stories.
New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.
A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.
Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.