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 freelance writer. He has written short stories, essays, reviews and screenplays.
His novel Unwrapped Sky was published by Tor Books in April 2014. Sci Fi Now claimed it could 'go toe-to-toe with China Miéville’s best'. Kirkus Reviews called it 'impressively imagined and densely detailed'. Newtown Review of Books says it’s 'one volume you cannot ignore'.
His second novel, The Stars Askew,was released in 2016. His screenplay The Uncertainty Principle (co-written with Ben Chessell) is currently in development.
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 Her novel The Day We Lost the Moon was shortlisted for the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.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 young writer and artist from Melbourne. Her work focuses on themes of cultural, racial and gender identity. She has appeared in Voiceworks, Rookie Magazine, the 2016 Verge anthology, Art Hoe Collective and Cordite Literary Review. Her first book will be published in 2017 by The Lifted Brow.
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.