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The Next Big Thing: 2021 Emerging Writers’ Festival edition


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After a turbulent year, we’ll blow away the literary cobwebs together with the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Join us online 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, and Voiceworks contributor Mickhaella Ermita. 

Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival

Esther Tuddenham is no longer able to take part in this event.


Sam Elkin

Sam Elkin is a writer, lawyer and radio maker. Born in England and raised on unceded Noongar land, Sam currently lives on unceded Wurundjeri land near the Maribyrnong river. He is a co-host of 3RRR radio show Queer View Mirror and the ABC History Listen’s Crossing Time: A History of Transgend... Read more

Yumiko Kadota

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... Read more

Mickhaella Ermita

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... Read more

Lauren Taylor

Lauren is the Wheeler Centre’s Senior Programme and Podcast 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... Read more

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