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.

Feminist Writers Festival 2018 - Fri 25 May 2018 at 6:30pm

25 May 2018
Readings Bookshop

Fri 25 May 2018 at 6:30pm

Karma: The Unobservable of Existence.

5 June 2018
Existentialist Society
Associate Professor Kim Sawyer.

Existentialist Society.

Holy Cow! James Joyce Slaughters the Sacred Cows of English Literature

13 June 2018 to 17 June 2018
Bloomsday in Melbourne
Bloomsday in Melbourne

The Bloomsday Festival proudly notches up 25 years in 2018 as one of the...