Melbourne is full of literary activity with conversations about books, writing and ideas bookish happening every night of the week.

The State Library of Victoria hosts a year-round program of talks and exhibitions, as does The Wheeler Centre. Melbourne's meeting place, Federation Square hosts a variety of talks including the Melbourne Conversation series, part of City of Melbourne’s Knowledge Melbourne platform.

The majority of the bookshops run programs, launches, talks and happenings. Readings has a lively events calendar and Reader's Feast runs events and mini festivals, just to mention a few. Even our comic shops run panel sessions and signings. Libraries across Victoria also offer a full calendar of discussions and events.

Melbourne is blessed with a few standout one-off events. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) runs an annual Art Book Fair. The popular Women of Letters goes from strength to strength, expanding internationally and Rare Book Week is a world leading celebration of the antiquarian book. Melbourne Knowledge Week offers a lively week-long program where discussions are centred on creativity, innovation and ideas.

Make sure you take a look at our calendar to find listings of what events are currently on or are coming up.

'Two twigs' with Natalie Senjov-Makohon

18 March 2018
State Library Victoria
Dr Natalie Senjov-Makohon

Learn about the journey two groups of immigrants made from Ukraine to...

Clayton's Night

20 March 2018
Childrens Book Council of Australia
Marrisa Caluzzi, Kirsty Murray, Sarah & Alex...

Back in the 1970s, a non-alcoholic beverage was packaged to resemble bottle...

Lindsay’s Issue No. 1 Launch Party

23 March 2018

After five months in the making, one month at the printers and two months on...

Middle Grade Fiction Panel

28 March 2018
Childrens Book Council of Australia
Leanne Hall, Sue Whiting, Nova Weetman

The Victorian Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA Vic)...

Dome at dusk: Will Dyson, Australia’s first war artist

12 April 2018
State Library Victoria
State Library Victoria

See the drawings of Will Dyson, appointed Australia’s first official war...

REIMAGINE! New Ways With Literature: CBCA Vic State Conference

19 May 2018
Childrens Book Council of Australia
Morris Gleitzman, Boori Monty Pryor, Auntie Fay...

We are excited to announce that the next CBCA Vic State Conference will be...