The Next Big Thing
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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 Darlings, Archer, The Lifted Brow and Voiceworks. With Ellen O'Brien, Laura Stortenbeker, Richard Hanson and Anna Kingston.
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 In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.
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.
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.
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.
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.