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.

S. Leo Chiang: Our Time Machine

1 March 2020
The Wheeler Centre
S. Leo Chiang and Beverley Wang

Maleonn is among China's best known contemporary conceptual artists, and...

The Next Chapter Showcase Edition

2 March 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Veronica Sullivan, Lian Low, Yamiko Marama,...

The Next Chapter is the Wheeler Centre’s scheme for writers – offering...

The Invisible Crime

3 March 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Nicole Precel, Greg Barns, Katrina Marson, and...

The Invisible Crime: Are We Failing Victims of Sexual Violence?

Jung Chang: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

5 March 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Jung Chang and Leanne Hall

This event has been cancelled.

Yanis Varoufakis: Debt, Disobedience and Democracy Today

5 March 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Yanis Varoufakis and Nassim Khadem

How do we define democracy in the 21st Century?

Bob Brown: Australia Ablaze

10 March 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Bob Brown

The bushfires that raged across the country this summer have caused...