Ties That Bind
Discover new works at The Moat as the next instalment of Next Big Thing writers explore various types of relationships, with others, ourselves and our histories.
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For this instalment of The Next Big Thing, a line-up of writers explore various types of relationships, with others, ourselves and our histories.
The first title to be published under Allen & Unwin’s Joan imprint, curated by Nakkiah Lui, Madison Godfrey’s Dress Rehearsals is a poetic memoir documenting a decade of performing womanhood in a non-binary body.
In She and Her Pretty Friend, Danielle Scrimshaw traverses Australia’s past through the relationships of lesbian and bisexual women throughout our history, showing that some people were more than just ‘roommates’.
Noa Shenker’s Voiceworks piece, ‘I Have Always Been a Runner’, is a lyric essay about running, gender performativity and masculinity.
Search History by Amy Taylor is a modern-day Rebecca, sending up contemporary dating in an exploration of love, identity, obsession and desire in the internet age.
Nina Wan’s The Albatross, shortlisted for the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, examines first love, second chances and the most elusive shot in golf.
Join us at The Moat for the next edition of this popular series, and celebrate and support new work from these exciting writing talents.
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.
Nina Wan is a former journalist at The Australian Financial Review. She was born in Shanghai and moved to Australia as a child. The Albatross is her first novel.
Amy Taylor is a writer based in Narrm/Melbourne. Search History is her debut novel.
Madison ‘Maddie’ Godfrey is a writer, educator, and emotional feminist. They have performed poetry at The Sydney Opera House, St Paul’s Cathedral and Glastonbury Festival. Madison is a previous recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship, the Varuna Poetry Flagship Fellowship and was re... Read more
Danielle Scrimshaw is a writer, historian and lighthouse enthusiast. Her 2019 essay ‘Be Gay, Do Crime: Or, the Ballad of Catherine and Ellen’ was shortlisted for the Deakin University Nonfiction Prize. Her thesis on queer women’s narratives in Australian history – or the lack thereof – wa... Read more
Noa Shenker is an emerging Melbourne-based writer, currently completing his Master of Creative Writing at Melbourne Uni. He has had his work published in Voiceworks and was shortlisted for the 2022 Catalyse Nonfiction Prize. His works explore the intersectionality of masculinity, sexuality and comi... 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
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