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.

Past, Present and Future Queer Australia

9 October 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Daniel Marshall, Dennis Altman, Laniyuk Garcon,...

Does Australia need its own Queer History Month?

Writing Lives: New Australian Non-Fiction

10 October 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Khalid Warsame, Fiona Wright, and Sam Twyford-...

There's a new breed of Australian creative non-fiction writer.

The Legend

14 October 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Ted Gott

The legend of Cleopatra has everything: opulence, power, seduction and...

Collective Spirit: First Nations Poetry

14 October 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Ali Cobby Eckermann, Ryan Prehn, Monica Karo, and...

‘The Christianity you hold so high / Is but a lie, / Justice a cant of...

One Infinity

15 October 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Genevieve Lacey and Gideon Obarzanek

What happens when collaborating artists share no common language but sound...


17 October 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Rachael Brown, Ron Iddles, Mark James, and Myf...

In 1980, Maria James was found murdered in the back of her Thornbury...