Presented by the Wheeler Centre and supported by the Aesop Foundation, The Next Chapter scheme is about giving new writers from all backgrounds the time and space to craft a voice and a career. It's about investing in a new generation of writers who will reflect the diversity of Australian identities and experiences.
Join Benjamin Law, one of the four Next Chapter judges, and the Wheeler Centre’s Sophie Black in conversation with some of the outstanding writers who are being announced for The Next Chapter scheme's first year.
Supported by the Aesop Foundation.
Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now in its fourth reprint, and has been translated into French and adapted into an AACTA-nominated SBS TV series.
He's the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014), with his sister Michelle, and Law School, with his mother Jenny Phang. He also wrote the September 2017 Quarterly Essay, 'Moral Panic 101'. He is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend, Frankie and the Monthly.
Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the new national writers scheme The Next Chapter, The Messenger podcast (Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals, New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017; UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary; Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature; Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award) and the ABC Radio National program Talkfest.