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.

Carrie Tiffany and Peggy Frew

12 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Carrie Tiffany and Peggy Frew

How do family dynamics shape us and warp us?

Comics Workshop

15 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Jess Parker

Do you know a budding Dana Simpson, Terry Denton or Jeff Kinney?

Secrets and Lies Edition

15 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
J.P. Pomare, Sonia Orchard, Nicola Redhouse,...

What happens when we betray confidences?

All the Ways to be Smart

17 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

Smart is not just ticks and crosses,

The F Word Address: Alison Whittaker

24 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Alison Whittaker and Claire G. Coleman

This event was previously scheduled for November 2018.

Carly Findlay

26 April 2019
The Wheeler Centre
Carly Findlay and Elizabeth McCarthy

‘In fairytales, the characters who look different are often cast as the...