The Next Big Thing

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Poetry Edition

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.

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Portrait of Saaro Umar

Saaro Umar

Saaro Umar is an Oromo poet. Her work has appeared in Australian Poetry, Demos, Voiceworks, Expound and Scum amongst others.

Portrait of Autumn Royal

Autumn Royal

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.

Portrait of Chloe Wilson

Chloe Wilson

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.

Portrait of Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr is a bisexual Arab-Australian poet. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (2017), was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Kenneth Slessor Prize. His poetry has been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish, in numerous journals and anthologies. He placed runner-up in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and has also been shortlisted for the ACU Prize for Poetry, the Story Wine Prize, and the Fair Australia Poetry Prize. Omar has performed his work nationally and internationally. He lives in Sydney and his latest collection is The Lost Arabs (2019), out through UQP. 

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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