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.

Peak: Changing the Way We Talk About Ageing

26 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Patricia Edgar, Don Edgar, and Melanie Joosten

What expectations should older Australians hold for their own lives?

The Big Dry: Alcohol and Us

27 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Jenny Valentish, Jill Stark, Jacinta Parsons, and...

In our backyards, balconies and beer gardens – Australians get along...

Real Talk: The Lives of Arab Women

28 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Amal Awad and Joumanah El Matrah

Sydney-based author Amal Awad was fed up with the cliched depictions of Arab...

Girl on a Wire: Women and Social Media

29 June 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Jane Gilmore , Rebecca Shaw, and Sophie Black

The problem of verbal and emotional violence against women online remains...

Hot Desk Edition #1

3 July 2017
The Wheeler Centre

In this edition of the Next Big Thing, hear works-in-progress from our first...

Nailed It!

3 July 2017
The Wheeler Centre
James Colley, Nayuka Gorrie, Dee Fidge, Jess...

On any given day, Australian politics is a colourful pond filled with goofs...