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.

Haben Girma: Access, Innovation and Disability Futures

21 April 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Haben Girma

This event has been cancelled as part of our preventative measures...

We Are Nemeses: Talking Experimental Comedy

22 April 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Vidya Rajan, Alistair Baldwin, Chloe Alison...

This event has been cancelled as part of our preventative measures...

Arnold Zable

24 April 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Arnold Zable and Sami Shah

This event has been postponed indefinitely as part of our...

Daniel Mendelsohn: A Critical Odyssey

27 April 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Daniel Mendelsohn

This event has been cancelled as part of our preventative measures...

Anna Jones: The Modern Cook

28 April 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Anna Jones

This event has been cancelled as part of our preventative measures...

I Am An Animal: A Wildlife Fundraiser

29 April 2020
The Wheeler Centre
Sophie Cunningham, Emily Bitto, Helen Garner,...

This event has been cancelled as part of our preventative measures...