Join three recipients of The Next Chapter writers’ scheme and their mentors – Dan Hogan and Rebecca Giggs; Oliver Reeson and Maria Tumarkin; and Jonathon Slottje and Bruce Pascoe – as they discuss the varied forms of support for emerging writers, and the unique qualities of writing mentorships, in conversation with Sophie Black. Run by the Wheeler Centre, The Next Chapter scheme gives 10 outstanding emerging writers the time and space to write, and a 12-month mentorship with an experienced writer.

Presented with the Wheeler Centre.

Rebecca Giggs (Australian)

Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is an award-winning author from Perth, Australia. Her work has appeared in The AtlanticThe New York Times Magazine, Granta, and in anthologies including Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Science Writing. Rebecca’s non-fiction focuses on how people feel towards animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Her first book, Fathoms: the world in the whale, won the 2021 ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the 2020 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Prize.

Dan Hogan (Australian)

Dan Hogan

Dan Hogan is a working class writer and public school teacher from San Remo, NSW (Awabakal Country). They currently live and work on Dharug and Gadigal Country (Sydney). Dan’s poetry and essays have won the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. In their spare time, Dan runs small DIY publisher Subbed In. Dan is working on their first book of essays and a book of poetry.

Maria Tumarkin (Australian)

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio. She also collaborates with sound and visual artists, and has had her work engraved into the paving at Victoria Harbour as part of the Melbourne Docklands Urban Art Program. Maria is the author of four books of ideas. Her fourth (and latest) book Axiomatic was named by The New Yorker as one of the best books of 2019. Maria is a recipient of the 2020 Windham Campbell Prize in the category of non-fiction. She holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Melbourne.

Oliver Reeson (Australian)

Oliver Reeson

Oliver Reeson is an essayist and screenwriter. Their work has appeared in publications such as Overland, Meanjin, Autostraddle, Literary Hub, and The Saturday Paper and in 2019 their essay ‘Body Language’ about Kylie Minogue and death was the runner-up in The Lifted Brow’s Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction. In 2018 they co-created and wrote the SBS web series Homecoming Queens about youth and illness. They are currently one of the recipients of the Next Chapter Fellowship.

Bruce Pascoe (Australian)

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man. He has written 35 books and won the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. He farms Indigenous foods at Wallagaraugh, Victoria.

Jonathon Slottje (Australian)

Jonathon Slottje

Born in the era when Aboriginal people were not classed as Australian citizens, Jonathon's childhood was scarred by family violence and years of incarceration. While incarcerated in the 1970s he transcribed books in braille for the NSW Royal Society for the Blind and provided a submission to the 1978 Nagle Royal Commission into the NSW Department of Corrective Services brutality against inmates. He eventually launched a number of successful businesses, including the business that he currently runs with his wife Elizabeth. He is working on a memoir for The Next Chapter.

Sophie Black (Australian)

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is Head of Special Projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has headed up the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast scheme Signal Boost, the Walkley Award–winning podcast The Messenger and the ABC RN program Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media and editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as director and is Co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.