The Next Big Thing
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Untether your imagination as we explore the wild, the weird and the wondrous, in a Next Big Thing devoted to realms both impossible and eminently possible. Come and hear new stories drawn from fantastical and futuristic speculative fiction by Angela Slatter, Rjurik Davidson, Rose Mulready and Jamie Marina Lau.
Angela Slatter is the award-winning author of the collections The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings and Black-Winged Angels, as well as Midnight and Moonshine and The Female Factory (both co-written with Lisa L. Hannett). She has been shortlisted for numerous prestigious prizes, including the Norma K. Hemming Award, and has won the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award and five Aurealis Awards.
Her short stories have appeared widely, including in annual British, Australian and North American 'best of' anthologies. Vigil is her first solo novel. Angela lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband David.
Rjurik Davidson is a writer and editor. He has written short stories, essays, reviews and screenplays.
His works include the novels Unwrapped Sky and The Stars Askew, and the collection The Library of Forgotten Books.
Rjurik writes imaginative fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, surrealism, magic realism and fantasy. His unique and radical speculative fiction has seen him nominated for or win a number of awards. He is also an accomplished professional and educational writer.
Rose’s short fiction has appeared in various publications, including HQ magazine and the Sleepers Almanacs. Her novel The Day We Lost the Moon was shortlisted for the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Her novella The Bonobo's Dream won the 2016 Seizure Press Viva la Novella Competition.
She is the Australian Ballet’s Content Expert, and lives in Melbourne, by the sea.
Jamie Marina Lau is a writer from Melbourne. Her debut novel, Pink Mountain on Locust Island was published this year by Brow Books.
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.