The Next Big Thing: Hot Desk 2023 Edition #2
In this instalment of our popular Next Big Thing series, we’re showcasing writers from the second intake of the 2023 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships.
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About the event
The Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships are in full swing, and in this instalment of our ever-popular Next Big Thing series, we’re showcasing writers from the second intake of fellows. Grab a drink from the Moat bar and be the first to hear excerpts from these exciting projects-in-progress.
Featuring Sue deGennaro, Vivian Nguyen, Anita Solak, Ruby Todd, Kristen Tytler and Anthea Yang, these works – ranging from middle grade fiction and poetry to literary fiction and plays – have all been refined over the writers’ ten-week fellowships.
The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships are supported by the Readings Foundation and Just Pretending theatre group.
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.
Sue deGennaro has a Degree in Film, a Diploma in Fine Art and a Certificate in Welding. After being awarded the Australian Society of Authors Mentorship in 2007. Sue has written and illustrated over 30 Picture Books, including her collaboration with Jackie French on their Wilderness Society Environm... Read more
Vivian Nguyen is Asian Australian playwright and actor. She has performed extensively with a list of impressive theatre credits across Naarm. As a writer, Vivian’s debut play Thin Threads was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights Award and her other work Bugged is published as part of ATYP... Read more
Diem is the Wheeler Centre’s Program Coordinator. She has worked at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Writers Victoria, and the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Gender Studies and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management, both ... Read more
Anita Solak is a poet, writer and editor living and working on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her work can be found in Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Cordite, Going Down Swinging, Runway Journal, and Tell Me Like You Mean It V4 among others. She has been a poetry editor at Voiceworks and is a 20... Read more
Ruby Todd is a Melbourne-based writer and teacher with a PhD in Writing and Literature. She is the recipient of the inaugural 2020 Furphy Literary Award, the 2019 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest award for Fiction, and the 2016 AAWP Chapter One Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2022 Bridpor... Read more
Kristen Tytler is studying Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. When not writing, Kristen loves to browse second-hand books for signs of use, explore a streetscape by foot, take photos of said streetscape, and rug up in wool. Kristen lives and works in Naarm.
Anthea Yang is a writer and poet living on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her writing has appeared in Going Down Swinging, Kill Your Darlings, Mascara Literary Review and the HEIDE+Rabbit House of Ideas: Modern Women anthology, among others. She was longlisted for the 2021 Kuracca Prize for Australian Lit... Read more
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