The Next Big Thing

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The Lit Mag Edition

It’s no secret that literary magazines are a great place to discover exciting, experimental new writing. At best, they offer that magical combination of a writer’s more intrepid ideas, an editor’s guiding hand and an open-minded readership.

In this edition of the Next Big Thing, hear readings of great new work – hand-picked by the editors of local lit rags including Kill Your DarlingsArcherThe Lifted Brow and Voiceworks. With Ellen O'Brien, Laura Stortenbeker, Richard Hanson and Anna Kingston.


Portrait of Laura Stortenbeker

Laura Stortenbeker

Laura Stortenbeker is a writer and editor. Her work has been published in Overland, Meanjin, Chart Collective and Kill Your Darlings. In 2016 she was the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Portrait of Anna Kingston

Anna Kingston

Anna Kingston is a dancer, performance artist and founder of Strange Beast Collective. They create performances that fuse elements of burlesque, caberaet, performance art and drag to explore themes of sexuality, gender, BDSM and fetish.

Prior to forming the collective, Anna spent the best past of the past ten years as an independent choreographer and human rights activist, and led Amnesty International's ARTillery group in a number of arts focused festivals and events.  Anna is currently spending her spare time creating a new social enterprise, designing bicycle trailers and food carts to create pathways to self-employment for refugees and long-term unemployed.

Portrait of Ellen O'Brien

Ellen O'Brien

Ellen O’Brien is a writer, poet and legal researcher of Guringai descent. She lives and works on Gadigal and Wangal land, and is interested in discussions about the meaning of home, community and the healing power of love.

Portrait of Richard Hanson

Richard Hanson

Richard Hanson is a writer based in Melbourne. He is interested in the underside of experience, the bounds of language, and representing mental illness. He is currently working on a manuscript for a short 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.


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