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.

Toxic Femininity: White Tears/Brown Scars

25 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Ruby Hamad, Hella Ibrahim, and Celeste Liddle

In 2018, Sydney journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for the Guardian...

Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie in Kyneton

26 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Claire G. Coleman and Tyson Yunkaporta

Claire G. Coleman believes speculative fiction is a powerful political tool...

Krack!n the Industry: Inclusion on Screen

30 September 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Alistair Baldwin, Kate McLennan, and Jessica...

Finally, Australian comedy is seeing a broader range of voices represented...

Charlotte Wood

25 October 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Charlotte Wood and Elizabeth McCarthy

How do we maintain friendships as we age?

We Are Here: Stories of Home, Place and Belonging

31 October 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Meg Mundell, Claire G. Coleman, Roderick Waller,...

Homelessness can take many guises – sleeping rough, yes, but also couch-...

Sophie Cunningham

29 November 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Sophie Cunningham and Elizabeth McCarthy

The Mornington Peninsula is home to nearly 700 species of indigenous plants...