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.

Family Violence Emergency

17 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft and Jess Hill

The recent book by Jess Hill, See What You Made Me Do, calls for a...

Stop Everything

18 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Benjamin Law, Beverley Wang, Lawrence Leung, and...

Stop Everything! is the ABC pop-culture podcast that's become a...

Racism and the Criminal Justice System

19 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Santilla Chingaipe and Fiona McLeod

For the next edition of our Not Racist, But series, we’ll discuss racial...

Rick Morton

20 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Rick Morton and Elizabeth McCarthy

One Hundred Years of Dirt – Rick Morton’s unflinching memoir –...

Heartbeat Edition

23 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Nina Kenwood, Rob McDonald, Yamiko Marama, and...

Our thumping hearts can’t be – won’t be – stilled at the Heartbeat Edition...

Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie

24 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Claire G. Coleman and Tyson Yunkaporta

Claire G.Coleman believes speculative fiction is a powerful political tool...