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.

Our Little Inventor: Illustration Workshop: Melbourne

4 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Sher Rill Ng

Our Little Inventor is a fantastic book for kids by Melbourne...

Our Little Inventor: Illustration Workshop: Warrnambool

5 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Sher Rill Ng

Our Little Inventor is a fantastic book for kids by Melbourne...

High Notes: Michael Pollan on the New Science of Psychedelics

19 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Michael Pollan and Christine Kenneally

For years, Michael Pollan's books have changed minds.

Tony Birch

26 July 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Tony Birch and Elizabeth McCarthy

Tony Birch is among Australia’s finest living writers.

Thurston Moore in Conversation

3 August 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Thurston Moore and Jacinta Parsons

Thurston Moore may be one of the most innovative, influential electric...

Women’s Work

11 August 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Megan K. Stack

American-born journalist Megan K.