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.

The Future of Socialism

8 August 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Paul Adler

If we maintain our current capitalist system, we will ensure the collapse of...

Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership

11 August 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Julia Gillard and Patricia Karvelas

What biases and barriers do women in power face?

Take It From Me

14 August 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Jess McGuire, Benjamin Law, and Michelle Law

Take It From Me is back, and let's face it: you need it right now. 

Table Read: Death in Brunswick

20 August 2020
The Wheeler Centre
John Sheedy

Before Muriel’s Wedding, He Died with a Falafel in his Hand...

OutLoud Secondary Digital Slam! 2020 Final

28 October 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Emilie Zoey Baker

Are you ready to rhyme? Or is free verse your jam?