The Next Big Thing

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Hot Desk Edition #1

After a long and difficult year in lockdown, we’ve been delighted to welcome our first intake of 2020 Hot Desk Fellows back to the Wheeler Centre, where they’ve been busily working away on their projects – ranging from screenplays and fiction, to poetry collections and graphic novels.

As they near the end of their ten-week fellowships, settle in for a drink at the Moat, and discover writing from Alex Creece, Georgia Kartas and Natasha Hertanto.

Unfortunately Diane Vu and Lou Garcia-Dolnik are no longer able to appear at this event.

The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships are supported by the Readings Foundation and Just Pretending theatre group

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.

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Portrait of Alex Creece

Alex Creece

Alex Creece is a writer, poet, student, collage artist, and average kook living on Wadawurrung land. She also tinkers with other people’s poems as the Production Editor for Cordite Poetry Review. Alex was awarded a Write-ability Fellowship in 2019 and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2020. A sample of Alex's work was Highly Commended in the 2019 Next Chapter Scheme, and she was shortlisted for the Kat Muscat Fellowship in 2021.

Portrait of Georgia Kartas

Georgia Kartas

Georgia Kartas/Saint Jorge is a writer and performer whose work focuses on the radical occult and quantum physics. In collaboration with Thabani Tshuma, they co-host Thin Red Lines, a quarterly poetry showcase in Naarm. 

Portrait of Natasha Hertanto

Natasha Hertanto

Natasha Hertanto is a Chinese-Indonesian storyteller and dog-mom based in Naarm. Her work can be found in the Australian Poetry Journal, Voiceworks, ABC Everyday, Archer, & more. She’s currently studying International Development at RMIT and drafting a YA historical fiction for The Wheeler Center’s Hot Desk Fellowship.

Portrait of Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

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.

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.

Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat, while sampling writing from tomorrow's best and brightest literary stars.


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