The Next Big Thing
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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.
Louise Swinn is a writer, editor, publisher and reviewer. Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Louise was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize.
Sam Cooney is publisher and editorial director at The Lifted Brow. He has worked with several journals and publishers, and his own writing has featured in various publications including Meanjin, Island, The Saturday Paper, the Australian, and as a founding part of the McSweeney’s Silent History geofiction project.
Kalinda Ashton’s first novel, The Danger Game, was published in August 2009 (Sleepers).
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’.
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.
New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.
A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.
Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.