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.

Racism, Identity and Labels

12 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Santilla Chingaipe, Yassir Morsi, and Mridula...

In this session, our panellists will unpack the complexities of racial...

The Media and Racism

12 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Karen Farquharson, Usha Rodrigues, and Anthony...

How does a person’s race or religion frame how the way they’re portrayed in...

Jenny Zhang

14 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Jenny Zhang and Brodie Lancaster

Her essays and poems were already earning accolades from Rookie...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Programme Launch: Not Another Slide Night

15 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Izzy Roberts-Orr, Eugenia Flynn, Andy Butler,...

The Emerging Writers’ Festival launches its 2018 programme with a night of...

This Alien Nation

16 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Sofija Stefanovic, Maria Tumarkin, Sam Pang,...

In an increasingly connected world where the question of immigration is...

David Eagleman: The Creative Brain

21 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre
David Eagleman and Natasha Mitchell

Creativity and ingenuity are the qualities that set our species apart,...