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.

Beyond Your Command: Youth Activism Today

3 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Aretha Brown, Paige Burton, and Lawrence Chang

On the streets, on the airwaves and online – a new generation of young...

Never the Less: Disability, Displacement and Human Rights

5 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Nujeen Mustafa, Shantha Rau Barriga, and David...

More than a billion people live with some form of disability.

Jeez Louise: Memoir

8 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre

‘Everything is copy’ – that was Nora Ephron’s famous dictum.

More than Queer

9 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Adolfo Aranjuez, Jax Jacki Brown, and Peter...

Within the letters LGBTIQA+ are myriad meeting points between intersecting...

Heart and Soul: Australian Romance Writing

10 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
C.S. Pacat, Jenna Guillaume, Jodi McAlister,...

Name a literary genre that has always placed women front and centre.

Take it From Me

11 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Jess McGuire

Take it From Me returns in 2019, and is it any wonder?