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.

Blak & Bright: Treaty, Yeah

7 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Ali Cobby Eckermann, Ellen van Neerven, Lidia...

Victoria is embarking on a Treaty process, the first of the states to do so...

Take It From Me: Bella Green and Ronnie Scott

7 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Jess McGuire, Bella Green, and Ronnie Scott

Host and dispenser of sexy advice Jess McGuire will bring together Bella...

Hot Desk Edition #2

9 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Rebecca Giggs, Millie Baylis, Bella Green,...

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

Young Faithful

11 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Nevo Zisin, Brooke Rutherford, Amal Ibrahim, and...

In 2001, 19% of people aged under 24 identified as not religious.

We Are United

12 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Rugg, Sista Zai Zanda, Jean Tong, Amos...

Resistance, activism and change are the themes for the opening night of the...

Sarah Bailey and Mark Brandi

13 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Sarah Bailey, Mark Brandi, and Christian White

When Double Book Club returns in September, we’ll bring crime to your...