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.

Hot Desk Edition #3

19 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Stella Charls, Fiona Murphy, Jem Tyley-Miller,...

In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works–in–progress from our...

Joseph Stiglitz: Global Inequality and the 1%

19 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Mary Kostakidis and Joseph Stiglitz

‘Wealth begets power, which begets more wealth,’ Joseph Stiglitz has argued...

Bill Frelick: Regional Crises, Refugees and Human Rights

20 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Bill Frelick

Bill Frelick believes the refugee crisis is a test of our common humanity....

Lee Child

21 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Lee Child and Jason Steger

It’s said that a Jack Reacher novel is sold somewhere in the world every...

Most Underrated Book Award Edition

22 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Louise Swinn

What do you get when you take Australia’s small publishers, and add a dash...

Only Human: 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

26 November 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Ruth Barson, Nyadol Nyuon, and Hugh de Kretser

In December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of...