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Double Booked Club: Melanie Cheng and Omar Sakr
Khalid Warsame, Melanie Cheng and Omar Sakr at the Wheeler Centre
Omar Sakr and Melanie Cheng are two very different voices with very different styles, but over the past few years both have blasted welcome fresh air into the Australian literary scene.
Melanie Cheng is a GP as well as a writer and her debut short-story collection, Australia Day, won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her new book, Room for a Stranger, is a novel set in Melbourne, about the unlikely friendship between an older woman and a young student from Hong Kong.
Omar Sakr's second book of poetry, The Lost Arabs, has been described as a 'seething, urgent collection' about sexuality, divinity and redemption. His debut collection, These Wild Houses, was critically acclaimed and shortlisted for several awards including the Kenneth Slessor Prize.
Hosted by Khalid Warsame, the pair discuss their work at a lunchtime session.
The Next Big Thing
The Next Chapter Showcase Edition
The Next Chapter is the Wheeler Centre’s scheme for writers – offering emerging writers from marginalised communities a mentorship with an established writer, access to professional development opportunities and industry connections. It exists to support and elevate Australia’s next generation of literary talent.
In this edition of The Next Big Thing, catch a glimpse of exciting new writing from The Next…
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The spoken-word scene in Melbourne is vibrant, inclusive and thriving. Let's introduce a note of an unhealthy…
Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
The winners of the 2020 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards were announced tonight at a ceremony at MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne.
The Next Big Thing
Hot Desk Edition #3
In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our third and last intake of 2019 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Nic Alea, Geetha Balakrishnan, Christine Davey, Hayley Lawson-Smith, Gabriella Munoz, Jennifer Nguyen, Oliver Reeson and Jasmine Shirrefs.
This event will be…
Solid Air: Australian Spoken Word Poetry
If poetry is enjoying a resurgence of interest right now, it's partly because spoken word has given the whole art form a powerful shot in the arm, on both the stage and the page.
What's driving this renewed energy, and how are artists blending (and bending) genres and art forms? What are the links between music, spoken word and resistance…
Anything and everything in Poetry from across our archives.
On Rhyme & Reason
The literary world has always been riddled with controversy. There’s a couple of controversies doing the rounds that we found of interest for what they say about about a new anthology of American poetry has brought to the fore age-old controversies about the vagaries of taste. A review in the New York Review of Books of the Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry has…
Byron Bay Writer’s Festival Claims Web First
Advertising agency George Patterson/Y&R are claiming to be the first to create a poem in the form of a website URL. The poem was devised to promote the Byron Bay Writers' Festival, which begins Friday week at Australia’s most easterly point.
Once disentangled from its webby format, the poem reads:
Words like hang out in creepy places Beware, you can find them skulking around…
The Poetics of Shoe-Throwing
There has been much speculation about social media’s potential in bringing about social change. The discussion has been brought to the fore by the upheavals sweeping the Arab world. As previously reported in the Dailies, social media has played a central role in organising protests in Egypt - to the extent that the parents of one little girl born during the revolution named their…
The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions
Will the world be a safer place when more women occupy positions of power? Rukmini Callimachi and Anne Summers
Australian Poetry in your Phone
Wheeler Centre resident organisation Australian Poetry has launched its own iPhone app. The app aims to be a one-stop shop for Australian poetry: “We would like to list all leading Australian poets, poetry organisations, poetry publishers, poetry prizes and all relevant associated entities and resources.” Poets and organisations not currently listed in the app can apply to be included with the next update. The…
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