The Next Big Thing
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There has been an explosion of vibrant new writing talent in Australia of late, and since we opened our doors, the Wheeler Centre has been right at the heart of the 21st century literary zeitgeist. Our first ever event was a Debut Monday, showcasing exciting new authors.
The Next Big Thing is the evolution of that event. We’ve broadened our horizons to present to you not only first time authors, but also those dedicated scribes with several books to their name. These are the names we believe should be on everyone’s lips, the authors we love, but who may have slipped under your radar. Join us to discover them before everyone else does!
If you plan on making a night out of it, the MOAT offers a pre-event package from 5 – 6pm: $20 for a meal and a glass of wine. Bookings essential; call (03) 9094 7820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darrell Pitt began his lifelong appreciation of Victorian literature when he read the Sherlock Holmes stories as a child, quickly moving on to H.G. Wells and Jules Verne.
Suzanne McCourt lives in Melbourne. The Lost Child is her first novel.
Robbie Coburn lives in the small farming district of Woodstock in rural Victoria. His first full collection of poems, Rain Season, was published by Picaro Press in 2013.
Spiri Tsintziras has a keen interest in people and their stories. Her background is in social work and freelance journalism. She has worked in marketing, publishing and policy roles for more than 15 years and now runs the communications business Writing Spirit.
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.