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.

Elections Across Europe

6 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft , Mary Gearin, and Georgina Downer

In 2017, Europe is in a period of heightened uncertainty: the rise of...


7 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Madeleine Morris, Jenny Smith, Michael Perusco,...

In June last year, the biennial Street Count of rough-sleepers confirmed...

Seeking Same: Helen Razer

9 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Helen Razer and Hannah McCann

In her latest book, The Helen 100, writer and humorist Helen Razer...

Can U Not? Featuring Megan Tan

13 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Megan Tan, Brodie Lancaster, and Kamna Muddagouni

Inspired by US podcasts like Women of the Hour and Call Your...

Jane Harper

16 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Jane Harper

Set in a rural farming community, Jane Harper’s debut novel, The Dry...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Edition

19 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Jamie Marina Lau, Brodie Lancaster, Daniel...

New and emerging writers?