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.

Hot Desk Edition #3

18 November 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Nic Alea, Geetha Balakrishnan, Christine Davey,...

In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our...

Local Lens: Refugees in Regional Australia

20 November 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Julian Burnside, Deruka Dekuek, Akua Ed Nignpense...

In this panel discussion at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, we’ll...

Most Underrated Book Award Edition

21 November 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Melissa Cranenburgh, Sue McPherson, Lenka...

What's small, nerdy, fiercely independent and sometimes noisy?

Mirror Mirror: Beauty, Body Image and the Self

25 November 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Bri Lee, Frances Cannon, Abbey Mag, and Nikki...

Bri Lee's Beauty is a deeply personal treatise on body image,...

Samantha Power on Influence and Idealism

27 November 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Samantha Power

Please note: this Fifth Estate conversation is taking place at lunchtime...

Leading the Charge: Climate Change, Disability and Storytelling

27 November 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Andy Jackson, Lefa Singleton Norton, CB Mako,...

Climate change is hitting some of us harder than others.