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.

Raimond Gaita and Katerina Gaita: A Climate of Change

12 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Raimond Gaita and Katerina Gaita

How might a philosopher frame the problem of climate change?

Come Together: Rethinking Art and Citizenship

17 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Tristan Meecham, Sybille Peters, and Tania Cañas

What role can art play in transforming democracies?

Acting Out: Art that Changes the World

19 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Mama Alto, Candy Bowers, Jax Jacki Brown, and...

‘We don’t have to accept our world as it is, the ways we’re told we should...

Gerald Murnane

20 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Gerald Murnane and Sean O'Beirne

‘Twenty years ago, when I first arrived on the plains, I kept my eyes open...

Liane Moriarty

21 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty writes smart, sexy suburban satire – and it's made her a huge...

Bri Lee

21 September 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Bri Lee and Elizabeth McCarthy

Bri Lee’s Eggshell Skull is about our justice system; its deep-...