The Next Big Thing

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Imagined Biography

The space between pure fiction and fact harbours many curious things. When it comes to famous (or infamous) historical events, we may know broadly what happened – but the inner lives and private worlds of key players are literally left to the imagination. Enter fiction.

For this edition of The Next Big Thing, we’ll hear stories of real lives reimagined. How can we make sense of history, and lend humanity to its most influential (or discreet) figures? When legacy overshadows experience, how might we fill in the gaps? Come and find out – with readings from Kelly Gardiner (Goddess), Marija Pericic (The Lost Pages), Bram Presser (The Book of Dirt) and Joey Bui ('Dinosaurs').

Readings will be our bookseller for this event.


Portrait of Kelly Gardiner

Kelly Gardiner

Kelly Gardiner writes historical fiction for readers of all ages. Her latest novel is 1917: Australia’s Great War, recently shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Young History Prize and the Asher Award. 


Portrait of Marija Pericic

Marija Pericic

Marija Pericic grew up in Perth, Western Australia, the child of German and Croatian immigrants. She holds a Masters degree in English Literature. She now lives in Melbourne where she teaches English as a foreign language. The Lost Pages is her first novel.

Portrait of Bram Presser

Bram Presser

Bram Presser was born in Melbourne in 1976. His stories have appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Sleepers Almanac and Higher Arc.

Portrait of Joey Bui

Joey Bui

Joey Bui is a Vietnamese Australian writer. She graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi, where she completed her first collection of short stories, Lucky Ticket, based on interviews with Vietnamese refugees around the world. Joey has been published in journals and magazines in the US and Australia, and competed in poetry slams in New York. 

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The Next Big Thing

New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.

A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.

Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.


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