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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The Next Big Thing: 2022 Emerging Writers’ Festival edition

Come join us at the Moat as we spotlight exciting new writers to watch, at our annual Emerging Writers’ Festival edition of Next Big Thing. You’ll hear fiction and non-fiction readings from some of the most exciting emerging literary stars, Akuch Kuol Anyieth, Katerina Gibson, and Eda Gunaydin, as well as outgoing editor of Voiceworks, Adalya Nash Hussein.

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The Next Big Thing will be hosted in the Moat Café and Bar, on the ground floor of the Wheeler Centre building but is only accessible by stairs without arrangement.

Accessible lift

If you need to use the lift access, please come to the Wheeler Centre foyer and ask a Wheeler Centre staff member to swipe you down to the Moat in the lift. 

If you need to access the Moat via the lift outside of the Wheeler Centre’s opening hours and events, please contact them directly on 9094 7820.

Accessible Lift

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 

Accessible Toilet

There is a gender-neutral and accessible toilet via lifts and stairway.

More information: visit The Wheeler Centre’s Accessibility page.

Monday 20 June
6.30-7.30pm AEST

Pay what you can, bookings essential

Book tickets

The Moat
176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000


Katerina Gibson

Katerina Gibson’s short stories have appeared in Granta, Overland, Meanjin, and the Kill Your Darlings 2020 New Australian Fiction anthology, among other places.

Eda Gunaydin

Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian writer and researcher interested in class, race and diaspora.

Adalya Nash Hussein

Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor.

Genevieve Novak

Genevieve Novak is a writer from Melbourne. She writes romantic comedies, content, and really long text messages.

Akuch Kuol Anyieth

Akuch Kuol Anyieth is a graduate researcher in crime, justice and legal studies.