The Wheeler Centre

The Wheeler Centre is Melbourne’s home for smart, passionate and entertaining public talks on every topic.

Across 200+ events each year, and a unique collection of videos, podcasts and original writing, you’ll find some of our finest local and international writers and thinkers sharing their expertise, their imaginations and their ideas.

From inception, the idea grew with the passion, belief and support of the Victorian State Government, gaining unstoppable momentum. In 2008, when Melbourne was designated a UNESCO City of Literature, this heralded the establishment of the Centre of Books, Writing and Ideas – a vibrant new hub for a diverse range of literary and ideas based organisations and activities. The aim: to provide a home and important focal point for the conversations that matter to Victoria and indeed Australia. As the Centre itself took its physical shape within a newly renovated and dedicated wing of the State Library of Victoria, its position was secured ahead of the official opening with the commitment of patrons, Maureen and Tony Wheeler of Lonely Planet. From that day, the Centre of Books, Writing and Ideas became The Wheeler Centre.

Since the first public event in February 2010, the Centre's story and journey has continued to unfurl and grow. In over five years of existence, The Wheeler Centre has established a reputation for ambition, variety and quality. It is firmly established as a leading arts organisation, dedicated to the dual purpose of being both a vibrant hub for the writing and literary sector and producing a diverse programme of public conversations and events.

Over 1800 speakers have participated in more than 1100 public conversations since 2010.

Beyond Marriage Equality

15 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Lee Carnie, Wilhelmina Stracke, Timothy Jones,...

Exactly one year on from the announcement of Australia’s marriage equality...

Take It From Me: Queer Edition

16 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Jess McGuire, Amy Middleton, Gregory Phillips,...

Take it From Me is back.

Clementine Ford on Boyhood: Food for Thought at Tucks

17 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Clementine Ford and Jamila Rizvi

What is boyhood? What is masculinity?

Hot Desk Edition #3

19 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Stella Charls, Fiona Murphy, Jem Tyley-Miller,...

In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works–in–progress from our...

Joseph Stiglitz: Global Inequality and the 1%

19 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Mary Kostakidis and Joseph Stiglitz

‘Wealth begets power, which begets more wealth,’ Joseph Stiglitz has argued...

Bill Frelick: Regional Crises, Refugees and Human Rights

20 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Bill Frelick

Bill Frelick believes the refugee crisis is a test of our common humanity....