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Small Press Network Book of the Year Award Edition

The Small Press Network is dedicated to supporting independent publishers and broadening the diversity of work available in the Australian literary landscape. To celebrate the return of their Book of the Year Award, this installment of The Next Big Thing will feature readings from works shortlisted for this year’s prize. Join us on Instagram Live to hear from readers including Kirsten Krauth, Sreedhevi Iyer, Tanya Vavilova, Shu-Ling Chua, Poppy Nwosu and Elizabeth Flux. Let’s raise a glass to the spirit of independent publishers and all of their achievements from the year that was.

To watch this event, you will need to have access to an Instagram account. Instructions posted to our Instagram Story (@wheelercentre) on the day of the event will direct you to each speaker’s personal Instagram page where you can watch as they go live for their reading.

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Portrait of Shu-Ling Chua

Shu-Ling Chua

Shu-Ling Chua is a Melbourne-based (formerly Canberra-based) essayist, critic and poet, whose work has appeared in Peril magazine, Lindsay, Meanjin, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop, among others. Her debut essay collection, Echoes, was published in 2020.

Portrait of Poppy Nwosu

Poppy Nwosu

Poppy Nwosu is an author of young adult fiction. She has published three romantic contemporary novels: Making Friends with Alice Dyson (2019), Taking Down Evelyn Tait (2020), and Road Tripping with Pearl Nash (2021), and is the editor of the 2021 Wakefield Press YA anthology Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales (a project supported by an Australia Council for the Arts grant).

Portrait of Tanya Vavilova

Tanya Vavilova

Tanya Vavilova's fiction has won the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund Best Prose and Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize, and has been commended or shortlisted for the Newcastle Short Story Award, Overland’s Fair Australia and Neilma Sidney prizes, and the Seizure Viva La Novella. Her debut collection of short stories, Grub, won the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award in 2019 and has been released in e-book format and print. We are Speaking in Code is her first full-length book.

Portrait of Sreedhevi Iyer

Sreedhevi Iyer

Dr Sreedhevi Iyer, an Indian-Malaysian-Australian author, is a graduate of the first cohort of City University Hong Kong’s unique MFA program in Asian Writing in English. Her fiction work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the United States, along with publications in literary journals in Australia, Malaysia, United States and Sweden.

Portrait of Kirsten Krauth

Kirsten Krauth

Kirsten Krauth is a writer and podcaster based in Castlemaine. Her second novel Almost a Mirror, published in 2020, was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize and named by The Guardian in ’The Best 20 Australian Books of 2020’. Her Almost a Mirror podcast series, inspired by the '80s pop and post-punk songs in her book, was released in September 2021, hitting #2 on the Australian Apple Music Podcast charts. A mash up of documentary and fiction, she is collaborating with musicians like Amanda Brown and Adalita on a soundtrack to the podcast.

Portrait of Elizabeth Flux

Elizabeth Flux

Elizabeth Flux is an award-winning writer and editor whose fiction and nonfiction work has been widely published. She is the editor-at-large for the Melbourne City of Literature office, and was previously a convening judge for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Portrait of Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall is the author of two works of fiction Skylarking (2016) and The Mother Fault (2020). She co-hosts The First Time podcast, a podcast about the first time you publish a book. Kate lives in Hurstbridge on Wurundjeri lands, with her partner and two children. She is currently working on her third 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.