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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.


Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in England, Sweden and Melbourne. Her novel Salt Creek (2015) won the Dobbie Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the UK’s Walter Scott Prize. Wolfe Island (2019), her second novel, won the Barbara Jefferis... Read more

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 ... Read more

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&n... Read more

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 r... Read more


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