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The Next Big Thing: 2022 Emerging Writers’ Festival edition


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The Next Big Thing takes place every month at the Moat and is a cherished Melbourne institution. Join us for an evening of readings from some of the brightest writers in this special edition, part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Come join us at the Moat as we spotlight exciting new writers to watch, at our annual Emerging Writers’ Festival edition of Next Big Thing. You’ll hear fiction and non-fiction readings from some of the most exciting emerging literary stars, Akuch Kuol Anyieth, Katerina Gibson, Eda Gunaydin and Genevieve Novak, as well as outgoing editor of Voiceworks, Adalya Nash Hussein.


Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival.

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Katerina Gibson

Katerina Gibson was born in 1994. She is a writer and a bookseller living in Naarm. Her stories have appeared in Granta, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Island Online, Going Down Swinging, the Meanjin blog and the Kill Your Darlings 2020 New Australian Fiction anthology. Most recently, her shor... Read more

Eda Gunaydin

Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian writer and researcher interested in class, race and diaspora. She has been a finalist for a Queensland Literary Award, the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize and the Woollahra Digital Literary Award. Her debut essay collection is Root & Branch: Essays on Inheritance (N... Read more

Portrait of Akuch Kuol Anyieth
Akuch Kuol Anyieth

Akuch Kuol Anyieth is a graduate researcher in crime, justice and legal studies. Her research engages with masculinity and domestic violence, examining customary law, pre- and post-migration experiences of South Sudanese families and how they adapt to the western rule of law in the diaspora. Akuch i... Read more

Portrait of Adalya Nash Hussein
Adalya Nash Hussein

Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Ibis House, Meanjin, Overland and Going Down Swinging. She has been an Emerging Writers’, Festival Melbourne Recital Centre Writer in Residence, a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and shortlisted for t... Read more

Genevieve Novak

Genevieve Novak is a writer from Melbourne. She writes romantic comedies, content, and really long text messages. While studying creative writing at the University of Adelaide, she wrote essays, fiction, and film and music reviews for student magazine On Dit. She has worked as a copywriter, social... Read more

Jamila Khodja

Jamila is the Wheeler Centre’s Programming Manager. Prior to this, she worked in the publishing industry as a publicist and sales manager, working with local and international writers. Jamila holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Postgraduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications, both from th... Read more


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