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.

Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tara June Winch

27 October 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Tara June Winch and Robin Wall Kimmerer

‘When a language dies, so much more than words are lost,’ the botanist and...

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?

Tim Flannery: The Climate Cure

5 November 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Tim Flannery and Izzy Raj-Seppings

Tim Flannery’s influential 2005 book, The Weather Makers, laid out...

Reloading Loaded

10 November 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Christos Tsiolkas, Dan Giovannoni, Stephen...

'I’m not Australian, I’m not Greek, I’m not anything ...

Maria Ressa: Freedom and Fakery in the Philippines Today

11 November 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Maria Ressa and Fatima Measham

Maria Ressa is a veteran investigative journalist and the CEO of the...

Future in Retrograde: Storytelling and Inclusion on Screen

12 November 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Adolfo Aranjuez, Meg O’Connell, and Anna Barnes

The six-part ABC TV series Retrograde – about a group of thirty-...