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.

David Eagleman: The Creative Brain

21 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
David Eagleman and Natasha Mitchell

Creativity and ingenuity are the qualities that set our species apart,...

Robert Webb: How Not to Be a Boy

21 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Robert Webb and Clementine Ford

In Australia, Robert Webb is probably best known as the iconic petulant...

Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come

22 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Jeff Goodell and Tony Birch

Many of us live, to some degree, in denial about climate change.

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

1 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Anita Heiss, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski, and...

In her introduction to Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, editor...


4 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Hilary Harper, Eliza Henry-Jones, Molly Carlile,...

People die.

The Long Game: Women in Sport Today

5 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Ellen van Neerven, Nicole Hayes, Kate Doak, and...

How are ideas, and our expectations, around gender and sport evolving?