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


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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.


Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish’s fourth book, Everything Harder Than Everyone Else, explores the fine line between hedonism and endurance, including the feats of porn stars. It seemed like the natural follow-up to her Walkley-nominated book about addiction and impulsivity, Woman of Substances – in part a m... Read more

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. She has been books editor of The Big Issue, as... Read more

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 creati... Read more

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... Read more

Sam Robertson

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

Having graduated with an arts/commerce degree from Monash, he now works at a qualitative market research agency called The Lab.

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.


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