The Next Big Thing

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October: Claire Varley, Lucy Treloar, Luke Beesley, Rafael S.W.

Find it hard to keep up with The Next Big Thing in books and writing? We’re here to help. The Next Big Thing is all about showcasing exciting new writers – those we believe are ones to watch. 

This is a golden opportunity to discover the work of writers hand-picked by us from around Australia, in the cosy surrounds of The Moat, where you can enjoy a drink and a bite as you’re entertained and enlightened.

These are the literary stars of tomorrow. Come and hear from them today. 

In October, we'll feature Claire Varley, Lucy Treloar, Luke Beesley and Rafael S.W.


Portrait of Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in Melbourne, England and Sweden. Lucy is the 2014 Regional Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In 2012 she won the Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award for her novel, The Things We Tell Ourselves, and went on to be awarded a Varuna Publisher Fellowship for the same work in 2013. In 2011 Lucy was the recipient of a mentorship through the Australian Society of Authors as well as an Asialink Writer's Residency to Cambodia.

A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Lucy is a writer and editor and has plied her trades both in Australia and in Cambodia, where she lived for a number of years. She has an abiding love for Southeast Asia, a region she retains links with through her editing work, which focuses on English language translations of a diverse range of material including folk tales and modern narrative forms.

Her short fiction has appeared in Sleepers, Overland, Seizure, and Best Australian Stories 2013Her first novel, Salt Creek, is published by Picador

Portrait of Claire Varley

Claire Varley

Claire Varley grew up on the Bellarine Peninsula and lives in Melbourne. She has sold blueberries, worked in a haunted cinema, won an encouragement award for being terrible at telemarketing, taught English in rural China, and coordinated community development projects in remote Solomon Islands.

Her short stories and poems have appeared in Australian Love Stories ('A Greek Tragedy'), Australian Love Poems('Beatitude'), Seizure online ('Poll', 'Hallow'), page seventeen ('Once', 'Hamlet, Remus and Two Guys Named Steve'), Sotto ('in the name of') and [Untitled] ('The Nicholas Name', 'Behind Tram Lines').

The Bit In Between is her first novel.


Portrait of Luke Beesley

Luke Beesley

Luke Beesley is an artist, musician and poet. His latest poetry collection, Jam Sticky Vision, has just been published by Giramondo. His previous books are New Works on Paper, Balance and Lemon Shark, and his poems have been published in the Black Inc Best Australian Poems and UQP Best Australian Poetry anthologies. He has received awards and fellowships from the Australia Council, The Wheeler Centre, Arts Victoria, State Library of Victoria, City of Melbourne and the Asialink Foundation. He lives in Melbourne.


Portrait of Rafael S.W.

Rafael S.W.

Rafael S.W. is a recent graduate of creative writing and one of the founding members of Dead Poets’ Fight Club. Currently working on some collections of stories and a few novels, he’s been published in the Big Issue Fiction Edition, Sleepers Almanac and Award Winning Australian Writing. A regular contributor to Going Down Swinging online, he’s also fiercely competitive in poetry slams and street-hustling chess games.

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.

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


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