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.

Brilliant Careers: Five Years of the Stella Prize

19 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Sophie Cunningham and Brenda Walker

Now in its fifth year, the Stella Prize is an award associated with some of...

Jackie French

21 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Jackie French and Wendy Orr

‘Author, ecologist, historian, dyslexic and honourary wombat (part time)’ –...

Laughing Matters: Comedy and Free Speech in India

22 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Sapan Verma, Daniel Fernandes, Neeti Palta, and...

‘This is EIC Outrage, where we talk about issues … and hope to not get...

Meeting #1: Robots

27 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Sophie Cunningham, Mel Campbell, Jeff Sparrow,...

In our first meeting of the Longform Society we’ll read a selection of...

Bare Bones with Tracey Spicer

1 May 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Tracey Spicer and Virginia Trioli

In the 1990s, Tracey Spicer was a smart, talented young journalist rising...

Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today

2 May 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Damien Carrick, Vanessa Teague, Rachael Falk, and...

The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date.