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.

Junot Díaz

7 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Junot Díaz and Maxine Beneba Clarke

'Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.’

Emily Wilson: The Odyssey Retold

8 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Emily Wilson and Alison Croggon

Bizarre, brutal and beautiful, Homer’s The Odyssey is a story of...

Jesse Andrews and Patrick Ness: Kyneton

8 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Patrick Ness, Jesse Andrews, and C.S. Pacat

This May, hear from two heavyweights of young adult fiction – in...

Jennifer Egan

8 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Jennifer Egan and Michael Williams

Jennifer Egan is one of America’s most acclaimed and least predictable...

Why Are We Afraid of Being Called Racist?

12 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Beverley Wang and Luke Pearson

How can we have constructive conversations about racism when everyone is so...

Indigenous Australia and Racism

12 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Mark McMillan

What role does racism play in the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal and...