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.

Take Charge: Autonomy in Older Age

3 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Ranjana Srivastava , Supriya Mohile, Melanie...

How do we ensure we get the health care we want, and deserve, in later life...

In Other Words: Jorge Carrión on Translation

4 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Jorge Carrión

We often talk about what is lost in translation.

Tracey Spicer

10 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Tracey Spicer

In a journalism and media career spanning three decades, you could say...

The 104-Storey Treehouse with Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton: Bendigo

11 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Join Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton as they celebrate the tenth book in...

Celebrating Peter Temple

12 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Jason Steger, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Michael...

As a nation mired in certain delinquent traditions, you might say that...

PEN Lecture: The War on Journalism – How 9/11 Changed Everything

16 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Peter Greste

Due to a change in work schedule, our PEN Lecture with Peter Greste will...