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Passages of Time [Booked Out]


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Join us at the Moat to hear new work from a line-up of writers exploring family, grief and the passage of time.


Join us over a drink at The Moat for our first Next Big Thing event for 2023, and celebrate and support new work from exciting writing talents.

Paul Dalgarno revisits the past to hope for the future in A Country of Eternal Light; J.R. Burgmann’s debut novel Children of Tomorrow weaves climate fiction with a multi-generational family saga; Zoya Patel explores the power of the past and present to bond and disconnect us in Once a Stranger; More Than These Bones follows Bebe Backhouse’s journey through Blak queer identity, heartbreak and self-discovery; and Monique Nair maps family lineages through bodies of water in her Voiceworks piece, ‘Auto-Oceanography: A Lineage Between Bodies of Water’.


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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.


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Bebe Backhouse

A descendant of the Bardi Jawi people of the Kimberley region of north-Western Australia, Bebe Backhouse is a writer and artistic leader who’s called Narrm home for ten years. Beginning his creative practice as a classical pianist and composer, Bebe later made a name for himself as a producer and ... Read more

J.R. Burgmann

J.R. Burgmann is a British-Australian emerging writer and critic. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and received his PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies from Monash University, where he is based at the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. His co-authored monograph Science... Read more

Paul Dalgarno

Paul Dalgarno is an author and journalist. He was deputy editor of The Conversation (Australia) and a senior writer and features editor at the Herald newspaper group (UK). He has written for The Guardian, Archer and Australian Book Review, and is currently managing editor of ScreenHub. He is also th... Read more

Monique Nair

Monique Nair is a Naarm based writer and editor of Indian-Italian-Polish heritage. She edits for Mascara Literary Review and is the co-editor of the journal’s debut anthology Resilience published with Ultimo Press. She participated in the West Writers program with Footscray Community Arts and ... Read more

Zoya Patel

Zoya Patel is the author of No Country Woman (Hachette, 2018), and Once A Stranger (Hachette, 2023). She is co-host of The Guardian’s Book It In podcast, and the Margin Notes podcast alongside Yen Eriksen. Zoya is a columnist for the RiotACT, and regular books critic and writer for The Guardi... Read more


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