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 Power of Hope with Kon Karapanagiotidis

24 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Kon Karapanagiotidis, Alisha Fernando, Abiola...

In The Power of Hope, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon...

Dangerous Minds Edition

24 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Stella Charls, Angela Meyer, Vincent Silk, and...

Angela Meyer’s haunting debut, A Superior Spectre, follows the...

The Silver Sea Workshop

25 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Alison Lester and Jane Godwin

Imagine sneaking out at night for a magical underwater adventure ...

The Rereaders

25 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Mel Campbell, Dion Kagan, Sonia Nair, and Adolfo...

Due to changing circumstances, The Rereaders team have ceased episode...

For the Record: Power and Prejudice in Australia

26 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Sonia Nair, Shireen Morris, Bri Lee, and Kate Wild

How do we conceive of justice in Australia today?

Woolf and Wilde: A Queer Party

26 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Karen from Finance, Creatrix Tiara, Selina...

Has it really been four years since the last Woolf and Wilde party?