The Next Big Thing
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After a turbulent year, we’ll blow away the literary cobwebs together with the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Join us at The Moat to hear readings from some of Australia’s best emerging literary voices, including 2020 Next Chapter recipient Sam Elkin, author of Emotional Female Yumiko Kadota, Voiceworks contributor Mickhaella Ermita, and multidisciplinary artist, performer and speaker Esther Tuddenham.
Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival
Sam Elkin is a trans masculine writer and radio maker living on unceded Wurundjeri land. Sam has been a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter fellow, and his essays have been published in the Griffith Review, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and Bent Street. Sam has produced a number of radio shows including Transgender Warriors, Transdemic (which received a 2020 GLOBE community award for best LGBTIQ media reporting) and 3RRR's Queer View Mirror. In 2021, Sam received an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, and he is currently working on a debut memoir.
Yumiko Kadota is a medical doctor in Sydney and debut author. Her memoir, Emotional Female, details the challenges women (of colour) face in the public health system, particularly in the male dominated field of Surgery. Yumiko has written for the Guardian and has appeared on ABC News, 7.30, The Drum, and SBS Insight. When she's not talking about serious systemic issues she likes to joke around and even had her first go at stand-up comedy this year.
Mickhaella Ermita (she/her) is a Filipino-New Zealander creative non-fiction writer, performer and Honours student at the University of Melbourne, where she is Women's Officer for 2021. She is currently completing a thesis on the performativity of public protests during a pandemic. Her writing can be found in Voiceworks and Judy's Punch.
Esther Tuddenham is an emerging spoken word artist. An exceptional performer and public speaker, Esther produces and performs poetry and also often speaks on behalf of the ArtLife program at events and exhibition openings. Esther performed her spoken word for Due West Arts Festival and Synthetic Heat in 2019, an evening of performed poetry, prose, and graphic storytelling, co-curated by Eloise Grills and Ellena Savage. She is also a part of Jolt Arts ensemble, The Amplified Elephants, with whom she infuses spoken word with synthesisers and other equipment, creating unique collaborations with other artists at local and international venues.
Lauren is the Wheeler Centre’s Programme Producer.
She has worked extensively across Melbourne’s arts and cultural sector as a creative producer, programmer, broadcaster, podcaster, facilitator and media maker with organisations including Triple R, Monash University Performing Arts Centres, MPavilion, Noisy Ritual and ABC Radio.
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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.