The Next Big Thing
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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.
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.
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 ancestry.com, Todd is a ninth cousin of Katharine Hepburn.
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.
Bjork once said 'you shouldn’t let poets lie to you', but Fury writes poetry, which is a sort of lie, albeit the fun-for-everyone kind. Fury has written a book called I Don’t Understand How Emotions Work. It is a very good book; soft and tricky, like leaning your face against your favourite swan.
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.