The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

EWF celebrates the history and creativity of the world’s oldest living culture.

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Free & Panel

Breaking Through: The Next Chapter Writers’ Scheme

The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter writers’ scheme is designed to give underrepresented voices a step-up, providing the time, space and introductions necessary to get a foot in the door and shake up the discourse within Australian publishing from the inside. In this panel discussion, Next Chapter recipients past and present, including Hasib Hourani, Tristen Harwood and Anne-Marie Te Whiu, will share their experiences of the scheme and discuss the many ways emerging writers are making the most of opportunities to break through barriers and challenge the assumptions of Australian publishing. Hosted by poet, academic and 2021 Next Chapter judge and mentor Jeanine Leane.

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Breaking Through: The Next Chapters Writers Scheme is held at the Wheeler Centre, Performance Space. This is an in-person event.

Accessible Parking

There is limited on-street and accessible parking in Little Lonsdale Street. The nearest commercial car park is at QV, which has an entrance on Little Lonsdale Street. 


Nearby Public Transport including Tram, bus and Melbourne Central train line station. 

The footpaths on Little Lonsdale Street are quite narrow, and are on a slight slope, but are flat and well-surfaced 

Wheelchair Accessible

This venue is All Accessible entry including a front entry ramp.

Access Lifts 

Our friendly staff will be on standby to assist patrons with the use of the lifts and to escort patrons safely to the designated room.  

Accessible Toilets

Gender neutral and accessible toilets in the foyer space.  Features a change table.  

Hearing Loop 

The hearing loop allows patrons who are wearing a hearing aid to tune in to the frequency of the venue. If you require hearing assistance, please contact us when you book your ticket. 

Relaxation Area

Relaxation Area available in the Foyer.  

More information 

Wednesday 22 June
6.30-7.30pm AEST

Pay What You Can, bookings essential

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The Wheeler Centre Performance Space
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


Tristen Harwood

Tristen is an Indigenous writer, critic, editor and researcher.

Hasib Hourani

Hasib Hourani is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor, and arts worker living on unceded Wurundjeri Country.

Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales.

Anne-Marie Te Whiu

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is a poet, cultural producer, weaver and Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry.