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.

Katy Tur: Reporting Trump

1 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Katy Tur

Katy Tur, sometimes known as ‘Little Katy, third-rate reporter’, is an award...

Still Processing

2 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham

Need a history lesson on the racial politics of the American barbecue?

Amy Bloom

2 May 2018
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Amy Bloom and Louise Swinn

Amy Bloom's Australian visit has been cancelled for personal reasons...

Your President, Eileen Myles

2 May 2018
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Eileen Myles and Quinn Eades

‘I got to New York in the seventies, and I remember looking at Patti Smith...

Jeff Kinney and the Adventures of a Wimpy Kid

3 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley is lazy, hapless, scheming, funny and sometimes paranoid.

Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl

3 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Glory Edim, Maxine Beneba Clarke, and Santilla...

‘We can’t just rely on Toni and Alice and Zora,’ Well-Read Black Girl...