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The Next Big Thing: Hot Desk Edition #2


The Next Big Thing takes place every month at the Moat and is a cherished Melbourne institution. In this special Hot Desk edition, we invite the writers from our second intake of 2022 Hot Desk Fellows to share excerpts from their projects.


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 Kasumi Borczyk, J.R. Burgmann, Sophie Tegan Gardiner, Savannah Indigo, Ren Jiang, Wen-Juenn Lee and Arty Owens, these works – ranging from creative non-fiction to fiction, poetry and screenplay – 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.


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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


Kasumi Borczyk

Kasumi Borczyk is a writer whose work has been published in The Independent, Rolling Stone, Damage Mag, Griffith Review and Meanjin, among others

J.R. Burgmann

J.R. Burgmann is an emerging writer and PhD candidate with the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. His research focuses on the representation and communication of climate change in popular fictional media. He is the co-author of Science Fiction and Climate Change: A Sociological Appro... Read more

Sophie Tegan Gardiner

Sophie Tegan Gardiner is a writer, editor and Angelina Jolie devotee originally from Aotearoa. They hold a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with First Class Honours from RMIT, and became an online editor at Going Down Swinging in 2022. Their work has previously been published in Going Down Swing... Read more

Savannah Indigo

Savannah Indigo is a bookseller, copywriter and law student based in Naarm/Melbourne. She is passionate about gender issues, promoting equality through tech design and unexpected facts about space. Her essay ‘Cheering on the Boys’ in Balancing Acts: Women in Sport (Brow Books) explored gendered ... Read more

Ren Jiang

Ren Jiang is a Chinese writer, editor, and theatre/filmmaker based in Naarm on unceded Wurundjeri country. Their work has been featured in the Australian Poetry Journal, The Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Multicultural Arts Victoria, and more. They are curr... Read more

Wen-Juenn Lee

Wen-Juenn is a poet and editor who lives on unceded Wurundjeri land. In her writing, she is interested in gaps, leaks and spillage; in the things that create and betray boundaries. Leaks often take the form of place, memory, and the body in her work. Her writing has been published or is forth... Read more

Arty Owens

Arty Owens is a queer, chronically ill writer based in Naarm (Melbourne). Along with writing young adult fiction and children’s literature, they write non fiction short stories. Their craft is informed by their illness, anxiety, dark sense of humour and the social model of disability.


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