The Next Big Thing
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Poetry, more than most other forms of writing, takes on a different life when lifted from the page by the voice of a reader. That’s when many of the things that make poetry poetry – the rhythms and silences – can come to the fore.
At the Moat in May, hear from local poets who use voice, as well as words, to tell their stories. With Saaro Umar, Chloe Wilson, Autumn Royal and Omar Sakr.
Saaro Umar is an Oromo poet. Her work has appeared in Australian Poetry, Demos, Voiceworks, Expound and Scum amongst others.
Autumn Royal is a writer and researcher currently teaching at Deakin University and Swinburne University of Technology. Autumn is interviews editor for Cordite Poetry Review and is author of the poetry collection She Woke & Rose.
Chloe Wilson is a writer based in Melbourne. Her most recent collection of poems, Not Fox Nor Axe (Hunter Contemporary Australian Poets), was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award at the Queensland Literary Awards.
Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet. His most recent poems can be found in Griffith Review, Wildness, Overland, Peril, Island, Antic, Best Australian Poems 2016 and Contemporary Australian Poetry, among many others. He's been shortlisted for several prizes, and translated into Spanish and Arabic. His debut collection These Wild Houses is out now with Cordite Books (2017). He is the Poetry Editor of the Lifted Brow.
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.