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 Future is Fungal

12 March 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Brian Pickles, Gavin McIntyre, and Vanessa Toholka

Mushrooms, it seems, have some uncanny properties.

The Age of Hostility: Investigating Internet Trolling

13 March 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Ginger Gorman and Jamila Rizvi

‘Don’t feed the trolls’ – it’s the conventional wisdom of the internet.

Mammad Aidani

14 March 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Mammad Aidani and Sami Shah

Mammad Aidani left Iran soon after the 1979 February Revolution.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Alison Evans

15 March 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Alison Evans, and Leanne...

For the first event in our fiction series, we’re pairing two authors with...

First Dance

18 March 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Adolfo Aranjuez, Ash Flanders, Brodie Lancaster,...

‘When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing,’ the great Mikhail...

AFLW Season Wrap

20 March 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Kate O'Halloran and Kirby Fenwick

What's so great about AFLW?