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.

Speakeasy: Sex

27 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Dani Boi / Dani Weber, Angela Serrano, and Dion...

Writers since time immemorial have connected food and sex.

Speakeasy: Death

28 June 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Pia Interlandi, Hayley West, and Elizabeth Flux

For many of us, death is an incredibly confronting topic – the stuff of...

Oliver Phommavanh’s Storytelling Workshop

2 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Oliver Phommavanh

Are you a cHEwY gum gum, looking for ways to bring your wildest story ideas...

Hot Desk Edition #1

2 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Amanda Anastasi, Ra Chapman, Triana Hernandez,...

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

The Big Grapple: Loving and Loathing New York City

2 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Sami Shah, Dave Graney, Brodie Lancaster, Sally...

New York, we love you … but you’re bringing us down with your sloppy pizza...

How to Win a Nobel Prize

3 July 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Lorna Hendry and Bernard Caleo

Mary may only be small, but she has a big dream.