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The Next Big Thing

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Sam George-Allen’s new book, Witches: What Women Do Together, is about formidable female collaborations. Kate Richards’s poetic debut novel, Fusion, tells the story of conjoined twins. Alice Robinson’s The Glad Shout explores motherhood and the struggles women face in difficult times, and Sophie Tegan Gardiner's piece is a work of fiction called 'Good Milk' from the most recent issue of Voiceworks, 'Flare'.

Hear four very talented and very different writers read from their new work. What do women want? How do they survive? And how do they work together to make magic happen?  

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Who?

Portrait of Sam George-Allen

Sam George-Allen

Sam George-Allen is a writer and musician based in Tasmania. Her work has been published in the Lifted Brow, LitHub, Scum, Kill Your Darlings, Stilts, Overland and the Suburban Review, among others. She has been shortlisted for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize for Young Writers, and the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award.

Portrait of Kate Richards

Kate Richards

Kate Richards is a writer of fiction, narrative nonfiction and poetry. She has a medical degree with honours and works part-time in medical research in Melbourne. Kate is the author of the critically acclaimed Madness: a memoir and the Penguin Special Is there no place for me?

Portrait of Alice Robinson

Alice Robinson

Alice Robinson grew up in Parkville and Wallan. She earned a Bachelor of Creative Arts from The University of Melbourne and a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University, where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research. Alice’s debut novel, Anchor Point (Affirm Press, 2015), was longlisted for The Stella Prize and the Indie Book Awards (debut fiction) in 2016. Her second novel, The Glad Shout (Affirm Press) will be in out in 2019. She lives in Warragul.

Portrait of Sophie Tegan Gardiner

Sophie Tegan Gardiner

Sophie Tegan Gardiner grew up on a farm in the middle of metropolitan Auckland, New Zealand. She moved to Melbourne in 2015 and is currently studying Creative Writing at RMIT University. Her work has previously been published in Voiceworks, Twinge Zine and Signals, and will appear in the forthcoming Bowen Street Press Review

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The Next Big Thing

Want to meet tomorrow’s literary stars today? Let us introduce you.

Our long-running Next Big Thing series is our showcase for great new local talent. You’ll hear emerging writers reading from bold and adventurous work. Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat at the Moat, while your future favourite authors knock your socks off.

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