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.

Armando Iannucci

3 May 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Armando Iannucci and Tony Martin

Armando Iannucci is the brilliant comedic mind behind Veep’s Selina...

Blinkered Vision: Race and Dating in Australia

4 May 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Serpil Senelmis, Santilla Chingaipe, and Karen...

Do you have a thing for ‘tall, dark and handsome’ types?

Poetry Edition

8 May 2017
The Wheeler Centre

Poetry, more than most other forms of writing, takes on a different life...

Black and Green: Environmentalists and Indigenous Australia

8 May 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Tony Birch, Amelia Telford, Eve Vincent, and Jon...

When the environmental movement emerged in Australia in the 1970s, many saw...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Programme Launch: Everything’s … Fine

9 May 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Julie Koh, Khalid Warsame,...

It’s a tough time to be an emerging writer.

Dark Emu: Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch in Conversation

10 May 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Tony Birch and Bruce Pascoe

Myths about the lives of pre-colonial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...