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.

Melbourne Writers Festival: A Toast: Carly Findlay’s Dream Dinner Party

1 September 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival
Carly Findlay, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Namila...

The table’s set, and writer and activist Carly Findlay has put together her...

Melbourne Writers Festival: How I Survived: Jamila Rizvi & Rosie Waterland

2 September 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival
Jamila Rizvi and Rosie Waterland

‘Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light...

Melbourne Writers Festival: Closing Night Party: You Are There

2 September 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival
Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jessie Cole, Sophie...

The final night of MWF celebrates what it means to let go, as six writers...

Feminist Theory and Spinoza

4 September 2018
Existentialist Society
Associate Professor Janice Richardson from Monash...

Existentialist Society.

Northcote High School Poetry Slam

7 September 2018
Northcote High School
Emilie Zoey Baker

Friday night from 7 - 9pm.

Going Gourmet at the Wood Fired Oven

9 September 2018
Write Around the Murray
Matthew Evans

Direct from Fat Pig Farm in southern Tasmania, Matthew Evans, star of the...