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.

A League of One’s Own: The AFL, and Women’s Sport

5 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Karen Lyon, Susan Alberti, Sam Mostyn, Angela...

There’s nothing new about women playing Australian Rules Football – they’ve...

A.C. Grayling: The Origins and Future of Humanism

6 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
A.C. Grayling and Krystal Evans

‘Humanism is the philosophy that you should be a good guest at the dinner...


10 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Kelly Chandler, Margi Gibb, Paula Keogh, and...

‘Write what you know’ is the first rule of creative writing, so it’s no...


11 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Richard Hart

Is your kid the weird and wonderful kind?

The Tempest

12 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Julia Davis and Angie Macmillan

Are you a word-loving parent … but your kids are yet to encounter...

The Modern Family

18 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Madeleine Morris, Alyena Mohummadally, Chloe...

Remember that old Ford ad: ‘The average young Australian family has 2.3...