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Ashley Goldberg at The Next Big Thing

Ashley Goldberg at The Next Big Thing

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6:30pm - 7:30pm, 30th May 2022


The Moat Bar View map

176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000


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Living Memory

The Next Big Thing is a cherished mainstay of the Wheeler Centre programme, which each month sees emerging and debut writers read original and exciting work. In this instalment, writers respond to the pressures of living with memories and experiences passed along through time.

Ashley Goldberg’s Abomination (shortlisted for the 2020 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award) explores the reunion of two friends who embarked on divergent paths after a scandal rocked their ultra-Orthodox Jewish school. George Haddad’s Losing Face is a gripping and thought-provoking novel about consent and inherited family trauma that challenges the idea that facing consequences makes us better people. Janine Mikosza’s Homesickness uses words and illustrations to revisit the fourteen houses she lived in before turning eighteen, exploring memory and the ways that childhood trauma can live on in an adult’s body. Isobel Beech’s powerful debut Sunbathing explores life, death and the restorative power of friendship under the warm summer sun of Umbria. Stef Raad will also read their piece 'White Ferarri', which is featured in the newest edition of Voiceworks.

Join us at The Moat to enjoy a delicious drink and bite to eat, while sampling writing from tomorrow's best and brightest literary stars.


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