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.

André Aciman

3 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
André Aciman and Dennis Altman

‘We are not all written for one instrument; I am not, neither are you,’...

Carmen Maria Machado

3 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Carmen Maria Machado and Angela Meyer

Note: Carmen's book, Her Body and Other Parties, has been...

Electric Journal - David Stavanger

4 May 2018
Australian Poetry
David Stavanger, Eleanor Jackson, Andy Jackson,...

Join David Stavanger for this free two-part event exploring the intersection...

Biography, Memoir and Queer Experiences

5 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Maria Katsonis, Nevo Zisin, and Eddie Ayres

What does it mean, and what does it cost, to write about your own sexual or...

Jesse Andrews and Patrick Ness

7 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Patrick Ness, Jesse Andrews, and C.S. Pacat

This May, hear from two heavyweights of young adult fiction – in Melbourne...

Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

7 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Tayari Jones and Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

‘I know you’re innocent, there is not one doubt in my mind, but I also know...