The Next Big Thing
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Set your heart beating and pulse racing with this month’s focus on romance writing. With tales of gently-unfurling love, smouldering bodice rippers or bittersweet might-have-beens, these stories could be the sensual awakening or romantic indulgence you’ve been yearning for.
Daniel de Lorne writes dark tales of ruin, romance and redemption. He holds an Honours degree for his creative writing work on vampires, just one headstone in his lifelong fascination with the macabre and gothic. His first published novel – the gay romantic horror Beckoning Blood – was released by Escape Publishing in 2014, with the sequel, Burning Blood, released in 2015.
Oliver Reeson is an essayist and screenwriter. Their writing has appeared in publications such as Literary Hub, Autostraddle, Meanjin, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Growing Up Queer in Australia and Dizzy Limits. They were the runner-up in the 2019 Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction. They are also the co-creator and writer of the SBS web series Homecoming Queens. They are currently one of the Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellows.
Suneeti Rekhari writes romance novels for her mostly swooning teenage self. After completing her PhD in Sydney, she moved to Melbourne where she works at a university and lives with her Sunshine family. Her first novel, The Lost Souls Dating Agency was published in 2015 by Escape Publishing. She is working on a sequel, but is usually found chasing her toddler and experimenting with recipes for unsuspecting family and friends.
Sunni Overend is a graphic design grad, and the daughter of the late, award-winning children's author Jenni Overend. She worked briefly in creative advertising before building an online fashion store, concurrently writing two women's fiction manuscripts. In 2013 she sold her online store and merged her areas of expertise to self-publish her first novel, March.
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.