The Next Big Thing

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at The Moat

Queer Focus

What’s the future of queer writing? In the first Next Big Thing event of 2016, you’ll hear from some of the best new authors shaking things up in the literary world, with work that explores sexuality and gender in all its forms.

Hear from Quinn Eades, Todd Alexander, Fury Telford and Asiel Adan.


Portrait of Quinn Eades

Quinn Eades

Quinn Eades is a researcher, writer, and poet whose work lies at the nexus of feminist and queer theories of the body, autobiography, and philosophy. Eades is published nationally and internationally, and is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, and Rallying.

Eades is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University, as well as the founding editor of Australia's only interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal, Writing from Below. He is currently working on a collection of fragments written from the transitioning body, titled Transpositions.

In 2015 Quinn Eades changed his name and gender. Prior to 2015, he was writing and speaking as Karina Quinn.

Portrait of Todd Alexander

Todd Alexander

Todd Alexander has been writing for over twenty years. His work has been published in magazines and period­icals and his first novel, Pictures of Us, was published in 2006. In 2015, Todd returned to fiction with the release of Tom Houghton (published by Simon & Schuster). He lives in the Hunter Valley of NSW with his partner, where they run a boutique vineyard and accommodation business, Block Eight. Todd has degrees in Modern Literature and Law. According to, Todd is a ninth cousin of Katharine Hepburn.

Portrait of Asiel Adan Sanchez

Asiel Adan Sanchez

Asiel Adan Sanchez is an organic, gluten-free, vegan, single origin, ethically sourced gender fluid. They may be found in late-night hospital shifts writing lines of poetry in between melancholic insulin orders. Born and raised in Mexico, their work is an attempt to reconcile culture, race, gender and sexuality. They spend their free time kissing boys and crying in public.

Portrait of Fury


Fury is a writer, agitator, feminist; a dreamboat gentleman, a no-good do-gooder, a dilletante scoundrel, a sweet talking sweetheart. They have written all over the place, including the Guardian, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and Vice. They have recently illustrated a book called No to Feminism by Bec Shaw. 

The Next Big Thing

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.


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