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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Next Big Thing

Discover new works and celebrate fresh writing talent in a special Emerging Writers’ Festival edition of the Wheeler Centre’s much-loved Next Big Thing readings series.

Over a drink at the Moat, hear readings from some of the brightest emerging literary stars including Pip Finkemeyer (Sad Girl Novel), Dan Hogan (Secret Third Thing), Elfy Scott (The One Thing We’ve Never Spoken About), Aisling Smith (After the Rain), Grace Yee (Chinese Fish) and Tara Grace, author of ‘Perrenial Bodies’ published in Grain, the summer edition of Voiceworks.

Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre and The Moat.

Free registration for this event is available here.

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Monday 19 June, 6:30pm

The Moat
176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000


Pip Finemeyer

Pip Finkemeyer is a writer from Naarm/Melbourne.

Tara Grace

Tara Grace is a writer from Melbourne.

Dan Hogan

Dan Hogan (they/them) is a writer and teacher from San Remo, NSW (Awabakal and Worimi Country).

Elfy Scott

Elfy Scott is an award-winning journalist, podcaster and presenter working in Sydney.

Aisling Smith

Aisling Smith is a Naarm/Melbourne-based writer.

Grace Yee

Grace Yee’s poetry has been widely published and anthologised across Australia and internationally.