The Next Big Thing

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at The Moat

Secrets and Lies Edition

What happens when we betray confidences? And what secrets do we keep from ourselves?

At The Moat in April, we’ll hear from writers whose work is concerned with hidden mysteries. J.P. Pomare’s new thriller, Call Me Evie, is about the fallibility of memory. Sonia Orchard’s Into The Fire is a novel about female friendship and betrayal and Nicola Redhouse’s memoir, Unlike the Heart, is an examination of post-natal depression and psychoanalysis. Caitlin McGregor's 'in defence of watching paint dry' comes from issue #113 of Voiceworks, 'Flare'.

Readings will be our bookseller for this event.


Portrait of J.P. Pomare

J.P. Pomare

J.P. Pomare is an award winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife. Call Me Evie is his first novel.

Portrait of Sonia Orchard

Sonia Orchard

Sonia Orchard is the author of a bestselling memoir Something More Wonderful and a novel The Virtuoso, which won the Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction of 2009. She won the Affirm Press Mentorship Award in partnership with Varuna Writers House for her third book, Into the Fire. Sonia has a PhD in Creative Writing and lives in the Macedon Ranges (Victoria) with her husband and three children.

Portrait of Nicola Redhouse

Nicola Redhouse

Nicola Redhouse is a writer living in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has been published in the literary journals Meanjin, Island and Kill Your Darlings, and in the anthologies Best Australian Stories and Rebellious Daughters. She has been working as a book editor since 2005.

Portrait of Stella Charls

Stella Charls

Stella is the Wheeler Centre's Programming Coordinator.

An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.

Portrait of Caitlin McGregor

Caitlin McGregor

Caitlin McGregor is an essayist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and literary journals, including the Lifted Brow, Overland, Voiceworks, Kill Your Darlings, Scum Mag and the Big Issue. She holds a BA (Hons) in creative writing from the University of Melbourne, and currently lives in Castlemaine with two cats, two humans and twenty-three basil plants. 

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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