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.

PEN Lecture: The War on Journalism – How 9/11 Changed Everything

16 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Peter Greste

Due to a change in work schedule, our PEN Lecture with Peter Greste will...

Bloodlines Edition

23 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Julia Prendergast, Moreno Giovannoni, and Robbie...

What they don’t tell you in birth class is that families are the perfect...

Les Hinton

24 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Les Hinton

As Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man for more than 50 years, Les Hinton has...

Ceridwen Dovey

27 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Elizabeth McCarthy and Ceridwen Dovey

What is guilt – and how can we escape the grip of the past?

The 104-Storey Treehouse with Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton: Warrnambool

28 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Join Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton as they celebrate the tenth book in...

Dog Days: Bob Murphy and Martin Flanagan

30 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Bob Murphy and Martin Flanagan

Sports writers and sports stars rarely meet on the same playing field.