The Next Big Thing

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at The Moat

September: Hot Desk Edition

Ender Baskan is a Melbourne-based writer who is working on a travel memoir about his return to Turkey.

Meaghan Bell is working on a series of poems investigating the apocalyptic outcomes of global warming and climate change.

Elin-Maria Evangelista is writing a novel about a handful of Australians travelling to Stockholm for the 1934 world congress in Esperanto.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is writing a cultural history of Australian cinema, consisting of discrete essays on key films. She is film editor of the Big Issue.

Christa Jonathan’s short-story cycle The Long Way Home will be published as a series of themed zines.

Chad Parkhill’s critical essay ‘About Time’ will analyse Daft Punk’s 2001 album Discovery in terms of technology and temporality.

Kieran Stevenson’s The Johnston Tradition is a novel that follows Padraig Johnston, a young man who has fallen into a life of alcoholic isolation.

The Next Big Thing

Australia consistently produces a wealth of new literary talent – from debut novelists to short-story writers, memoirists to poets. How to keep up? It’s simple.

Once a month, head on down to The Next Big Thing, where you’ll hear from and meet exciting new and emerging authors. These are the literary stars of tomorrow. Come and hear from them today.

Included in our line-up are two special extended editions, with spotlight conversations on selected authors. And two Hot Desk editions, featuring the writers selected for our renowned Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships.


Portrait of Meaghan Bell

Meaghan Bell

Meaghan has featured at many poetry reading events around Melbourne as well as working with the journals Going Down Swinging and Visible Ink. She was a part of the team producing the Visible Ink journal in 2011 and completed her study at RMIT (Professional Writing and Editing) the following year.

Portrait of Elin-Maria Evangelista

Elin-Maria Evangelista

Elin-Maria Evangelista is a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship recipient, 2014. She holds a PhD in creative writing and has published on translation issues when writing in a second language. An award-winning short-story writer, she has been an invited guest at international writers’ festivals and the Emerging Writers Festival.

Portrait of Chad Parkhill

Chad Parkhill

Chad Parkhill is a Melbourne-based cultural critic who writes about sex, booze, music, history, and books – but not necessarily in that order.

Portrait of Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a non-fiction writer and cultural critic. Based in Melbourne, her work has been published widely in journals and periodicals across Australia and the world.

She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University and finalising her debut essay collection Terror Australis: Essays on Film and Home. Past roles include theatre critic at the Age, film editor at The Big Issue and long-running film columnist at The Lifted Brow.

Rebecca will be a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia School of the Arts’ Writing Program in New York City in 2021.

Portrait of Kieran Stevenson

Kieran Stevenson

Kieran Stevenson is a Melbourne writer and musician who graduated from one of RMIT’s writing programs and dropped out of another. He has a preoccupation with the unusual, with hopelessness and gallows humour. He is currently undertaking a Hot Desk Fellowship at the Wheeler Centre to complete his first novel.

Portrait of Ender Baskan

Ender Baskan

Ender Baskan studies professional writing & editing at RMIT. He is the recipient of a 2014/15 Marten Bequest travelling scholarship for prose and a 2014 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship.

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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