The Next Big Thing

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at The Moat

September: Mark Mulholland, Miriam Sved, Sam Robertson, Rebecca Lim and Jenny Valentish

Mark Mulholland grew up on the Irish border. His first novel is A Mad and Wonderful Thing, about an IRA sniper in love with books, his country, and the beautiful Cora Flannery. Mark will be in conversation with Jo Case.

Miriam Sved is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and footy fan whose first novel, Game Day, explores what sport means for Australians.

Sam Robertson has edited and written fiction for Verge, Monash University’s creative writing anthology, and non-fiction for Voiceworks.

Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne. She’s just published The Astrologer’s Daughter, a paranormal mystery for young adults.

Jenny Valentish has been a music publicist and the editor of Triple J magazine. Her first novel, Cherry Bomb, is a teenage psychodrama set in the Australian music industry.

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 Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish is a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and the Saturday Paper, and former editor of Time Out Melbourne and Triple J’s Jmag.

She grew up in Slough, a satellite town of London, and moved to Australia in 2006. She quit drinking in 2009, which sparked a desire to explore the drives behind addiction. She has a graduate certificate in Alcohol and Other Drugs from Turning Point/Monash University.

Portrait of Jo Case

Jo Case

Jo Case is the Program Manager at Melbourne Writers Festival. Before this, she was the Wheeler Centre’s senior writer/editor. Her first book, Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s is published by Hardie Grant in Australia and the UK.

Portrait of Miriam Sved

Miriam Sved

Miriam Sved’s fiction has appeared in various places including Meanjin, Overland, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Just Between Us: Australian Writers Tell the Truth about Female Friendship. Her first novel, Game Day (Picador), is set in and around a Victorian AFL club. She teaches creative writing at Melbourne University.

Portrait of Rebecca Lim

Rebecca Lim

Rebecca Lim is an Australian writer, illustrator, editor and lawyer. She is the author of over twenty books, including The Astrologer's Daughter (a Kirkus Best Book of 2015 and CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers), Wraith and the internationally bestselling Mercy. Her work has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, shortlisted multiple times for the Aurealis Awards and Davitt Awards, and longlisted for the Gold Inky Award and the David Gemmell Legend Award. Rebecca is a co-founder of the Voices from the Intersection initiative to support emerging young adult and children's authors and illustrators who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability, and is a co-editor of Meet Me at the Intersection, a groundbreaking anthology of YA #OwnVoice memoir, poetry and fiction. Her most recent novel, Tiger Daughter, was published in February 2021. It is a powerful novel about growing up Asian in Australia.

Portrait of Sam Robertson

Sam Robertson

Sam Robertson has edited and written fiction for Verge, Monash University’s creative writing anthology, and non-fiction for Voiceworks.

Portrait of Mark Mulholland

Mark Mulholland

Mark Mulholland was born and raised in a town on the Irish border, where he left school at 16. He now lives with his wife, their four children, and a large library of second-hand books in a farmhouse in France. A Mad and Wonderful Thing is his first novel.

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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