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 Wheeler Centre Gala 2017: Stories for the Dead

26 February 2017
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Eko Supriyanto, Candy Bowers, Deborah Cheetham,...

‘Death exists, not as the opposite, but as a part of life,’ Haruki Murakami...

More Than Words: Translation and Interpretation

27 February 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Nobuko Aiso, Kylie Bracknell, Stephen Armstrong,...

Gregory Rabassa, revered translator of Gabriel García Márquez, wrote that ‘...

Lindy West on Feminism, Fat and Fighting Trolls

27 February 2017
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Lindy West and Anne Summers

In her first book, Shrill, Lindy West offers this memorable take on...

USA Today

28 February 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Thomas Frank, Cynthia P. Schneider, and Sally...

The shock election of Donald Trump has forced a period of reeling and...

American Misadventure with Nathan Hill

1 March 2017
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Nathan Hill and Louise Swinn

Critics have likened him to John Irving; Irving has likened him to Charles...

Madeleine Thien: Displacement and Defiance

2 March 2017
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Madeleine Thien and Toni Jordan

‘I like to think of home as a verb, something we keep re-creating,’...