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.

Polyamory and Non-monogamy

23 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Amy Middleton, Liz Duck-Chong, Anne Hunter, and...

Stories of polyamory and non-monogamy consistently appear among the most-...

John Marsden: The Art of Growing Up

24 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Karys McEwen, John Marsden, and Sumeya Yussuf

The demands placed on young people are ever-growing.

Take It From Me

25 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Jess McGuire, Vanessa Muradian, Aram Hosie, and...

It's freezing outside, your love life's D.O.A., and nothing – nothing...

Tony Birch

26 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Tony Birch and Elizabeth McCarthy

Tony Birch is among Australia’s finest living writers.

Fight or Flight Edition

29 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Alice Bishop, Elizabeth Kuiper, Alex McClintock,...

What's worth fighting for?

Foreign Affairs

30 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Michael Fullilove

What is Australia’s place in the world?