The Next Big Thing

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Sleepers Almanac X Edition

Independent publishing house Sleepers released the first Sleepers Almanac in 2005. Since then, the release of the almanac, always a collection of quality short stories, has developed into an annual literary event. It’s also served as an annual riposte to doomsayers proclaiming the death of the short story.

In honour of the tenth and final Sleepers Almanac, we are hosting a special edition of The Next Big Thing featuring contributors past and present. Celebrating writers who navigate the art of the short story, as well as the readers who love them, this event will honour the contribution the Sleepers Almanac has made to the Australian writing community.

Hosted by Louise Swinn.


Portrait of Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a writer, publisher, critic, literary event chair and the editor of Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion (Allen and Unwin, 2019). Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network and the Stella Prize.

Portrait of Sam Cooney

Sam Cooney

Sam Cooney runs the literary organisation TLB, which houses the independent book publishing press Brow Books and quarterly literary magazine The Lifted Brow, as well as running a website, writing prizes, events, and more. He is publisher-in-residence at RMIT, teaches sessionally at several universities, and is a freelance writer and literary critic.

Portrait of Kalinda Ashton

Kalinda Ashton

Kalinda Ashton’s first novel, The Danger Game, was published in August 2009 (Sleepers).

Portrait of David Astle

David Astle

David Astle is a full-time word nerd. You may know his loud shirts from SBS’s Letters and Numbers. Or his black-and-white boxes in Friday’s Age. He’s also the author of Wordburger (How to be a champion puzzler in 20 quick bites), plus Riddledom, Puzzled and Cluetopia. His favourite word is ‘acrobat’.

Portrait of Jane Ormond

Jane Ormond

Jane Ormond is a freelance writer and editor from Melbourne. Her fiction has been published by Cardigan Press, Sleepers and Going Down Swinging and performed on Radio National, and she has appeared at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and the St Kilda Writers Festival. She’s a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program and was selected to take part in the inaugural three-part HARDCOPY fiction program at the ACT Writers’ Centre.

For money, she writes about food, travel and technology for publications and organisations such as Lonely Planet, Fairfax Media and Wolf Interactive. For no money, she half-finishes novels.

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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