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The Next Big Thing: 2023 Emerging Writers’ Festival


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Discover and celebrate exciting new writers at the annual Emerging Writers' Festival edition of Next Big Thing.

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Discover new works and celebrate fresh writing talent in a special Emerging Writers’ Festival edition of the Wheeler Centre’s much-loved Next Big Thing readings series.

Over a drink at the Moat, hear readings from some of the brightest emerging literary stars including Pip Finkemeyer (Sad Girl Novel), Dan Hogan (Secret Third Thing), Elfy Scott (The One Thing We’ve Never Spoken About), Aisling Smith (After the Rain), Grace Yee (Chinese Fish) and Voiceworks contributor Tara Grace.

Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival

The bookseller for this event is Readings.


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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.

The Next Big Thing


Pip Finkemeyer

Pip Finkemeyer’s fiction has been listed for the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize, the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, and the Disquiet Literary Prize, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She completed a Masters in Publishing and Editing at RMIT. She lives in Naarm/Melbourne, and Sad G... Read more

Grace Yee

Grace Yee’s poetry has been widely published and anthologised across Australia and internationally, and has been awarded the Patricia Hackett Prize, the Peter Steele Poetry Award, a Creative Fellowship at the State Library Victoria, and grants from Creative Victoria and the Australia Council f... Read more

Dan Hogan

Dan Hogan (they/them) is a writer from San Remo, NSW (Awabakal and Worimi Country). They currently live and work on Dharug and Gadigal Country (Sydney). Dan’s debut book of poetry, Secret Third Thing, was released by Cordite Books in 2023. Their writing has appeared in Overland, Meanjin, Jacob... Read more

Aisling Smith

Aisling Smith is a Naarm/Melbourne based writer. She won the 2020 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers and her debut novel, After the Rain, is being published by Hachette Australia this year. She holds a PhD in Literary Studies from Monash University.

Elfy Scott

Elfy is an award-winning journalist, podcaster, and presenter working in Sydney. She started out her career at BuzzFeed News Australia as a science reporter and her journalism has featured in publications such as the Guardian, the Saturday Paper, Junkee and VICE. Elfy also currently co-hosts the S... Read more

Tara Grace

Tara Grace is a writer in Melbourne. Her creative nonfiction piece ‘Perennial Bodies’ was published in issue #128 of Voiceworks in 2022. Her work explores recovery from cancer and living with a non-normative body through the lens of art. She writes essays and poetry on the body, memory, visual c... Read more


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