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 Leah Jing McIntosh, Kirsten Krauth, Sreedhevi Iyer, Tanya Vavilova, Shu-Ling Chua, Poppy Nwosu. 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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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. Shu-Ling was shortlisted in the 2018... Read more
Leah Jing McIntosh is a critic, researcher, and the founding editor of Liminal, an anti-racist literary project. As part of her work for Liminal, Leah has published books, produced literary events, created mentorships and fellowships, and established national literary prizes, to create new spaces an... Read more
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:... Read more
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 Nov... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 p... Read more