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The Next Big Thing: Most Underrated Book Award Edition 2019
Composite, left to right: Melissa Cranenburgh, Lenka Vanderboom, James Cristina and Ilka Tampke
What's small, nerdy, fiercely independent and sometimes noisy? The Small Press Network's Most Underrated Book Award. It's an anticipated annual tradition – always our last Next Big Thing event of the year – and it's the only peer-reviewed and proven preventative medicine for your chronic case of reader's FOMO.
Now in its seventh year, the Small Press Network’s Most Underrated Book Award celebrates independently published titles that deserve some extra attention. Previously, the award has gone to The Cook by Wayne Macauley, A Wrong Turn in the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson. Last year's winner was Living in Hope by the late Frank Byrne.
The 2019 shortlisted titles are Brontide by Sue McPherson (Magabala Books), Antidote to a Curse by James Cristina (Transit Lounge) and Songwoman by Ilka Tampke (Text Publishing), and the 2019 judging panel is Melissa Cranenburgh, Jane Rawson and Jackie Tang.
In this episode, we hear readings from the shortlisted works, and toast a great year in independent publishing, before revealing the 2019 MUBA winner. We're joined by each of the shortlisted authors (except Sue McPherson, who is represented by Magabala Books director Lenka Vanderboom). Melissa Cranenburgh hosts.
Presented in partnership with Small Press Network.
The Next Big Thing
Most Underrated Book Award Edition
What's small, nerdy, fiercely independent and sometimes noisy? The Small Press Network's Most Underrated Book Award.
It's an anticipated annual tradition – always our last Next Big Thing event of the year – and it's the only peer-reviewed and proven preventative medicine for your chronic case of reader's FOMO.
Now in its seventh year, the Small Press Network’s Most Underrated…
Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2019: Introducing the Fellows (round three)
Meet the third intake of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows, and take a peek at the projects they'll be working on.
Andrew Sean Greer: The Less We Know
When his novel Less won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Andrew Sean Greer tweeted, he ‘had just persuaded a dog to let me put her into polka dot pajamas (not my dog)’. He literally didn’t believe the news.
Readers clearly feel otherwise. Less tells the story of Arthur Less – a writer fearing his own mediocrity and middle age…
Iconic Duos: The Next Chapter Writers and Mentors
As applications opened for The Next Chapter’s second year, Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams spoke with writers and mentors from the inaugural intake at the Sydney Writers Festival.
At the event, Evelyn Araluen, Tony Birch, Nayuka Gorrie, Alison Whittaker, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen and Michele Lee discussed collaboration, constructive criticism and meaningful mentoring.
The Next Chapter is a scheme dedicated to…
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The Guy Who Stayed Out of the Fold
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McCann Wins IMPAC
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