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.

Celebrating Kate Grenville

1 December 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Kate Grenville and Michael Williams

For more than three decades, Kate Grenville has trained a piercing, probing...

I Know You Are, I Said You Are: Gender Stereotypes and Kids

4 December 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Sami Shah, Nelly Thomas, Ro Allen, and Alyena...

Hanging upside-down from monkey bars, doing handstands, turning cartwheels...

Radiotopia and Beyond with Julie Shapiro

5 December 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Julie Shapiro, Kate Montague, Sophie Black, and...

You might think of Julie Shapiro as a master listener.

The Show of the Year 2017

6 December 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Casey Bennetto , Isabel Angus, Dave Arden,...

2017: it's been thrilling; it's been terrible; it's been … a rocky ride.

The Wonderful World of Walliams

7 December 2017
The Wheeler Centre
David Walliams and Cal Wilson

David Walliams is a superstar of kids’ books and he’s coming to Melbourne in...

Women on Country: Indigenous Sovereignty and Feminist Identity

24 January 2018
Cordite Publishing Inc.
Jeanine Leane, Anne Elvey, Timmah Ball, Bonny...

Double book launch in partnership with Australian Poetry.