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.

US Midterm Elections

30 October 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft, Bob Carr, and Dennis Altman

The midterm elections in the United States will be held on Tuesday 6...

Search Me: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

31 October 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz and Jacinta Parsons

‘What is a fidget spinner?’, ‘how to make slime’, and ‘what is the Paris...


1 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Hilary Harper, Dominique Martin, Julia deVille,...

What happens to our bodies when we die?

Freed Verse: Poetry and Transformation

5 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Neil Morris, Kaveh Akbar, Sista Zai Zanda, Abdul...

Kaveh Akbar has described one of his early adolescent encounters with poetry...

A Hypothetical Supercity, 2033

8 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Ali Moore, Bernard Salt, John Brumby, Rob Adams,...

Australia's population hit 25 million this year and – if the forecasts are...

Once and Future: Australian Speculative Fiction

9 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Claire G. Coleman, Rjurik Davidson, Jack Nicholls...

In Memoriam, Peter Nicholls, 1939–2018