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.

The Full Catastrophe

15 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Rebecca Huntley, Sarah Macdonald, Maxine McKew,...

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.

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

18 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Peter Greste

Since 9/11, the number of journalists who have been imprisoned for their...

A Mind for Murder

19 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Donald Grant and Aimee Knight

What makes somebody a killer – and why are we so fascinated by murder?

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

22 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Elizabeth McCarthy and Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is a writer whose novels explore Australia’s...

2018 Emerging Writers’ Festival Edition

25 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Emma Marie Jones, Odette Kelada, Sumudu...

New and emerging writers?

Oliver Phommavanh’s Storytelling Workshop

2 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Oliver Phommavanh

Are you a cHEwY gum gum, looking for ways to bring your wildest story ideas...