Melbourne is full of literary activity with conversations about books, writing and ideas bookish happening every night of the week.

The State Library of Victoria hosts a year-round program of talks and exhibitions, as does The Wheeler Centre. Melbourne's meeting place, Federation Square hosts a variety of talks including the Melbourne Conversation series, part of City of Melbourne’s Knowledge Melbourne platform.

The majority of the bookshops run programs, launches, talks and happenings. Readings has a lively events calendar and Reader's Feast runs events and mini festivals, just to mention a few. Even our comic shops run panel sessions and signings. Libraries across Victoria also offer a full calendar of discussions and events.

Melbourne is blessed with a few standout one-off events. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) runs an annual Art Book Fair. The popular Women of Letters goes from strength to strength, expanding internationally and Rare Book Week is a world leading celebration of the antiquarian book. Melbourne Knowledge Week offers a lively week-long program where discussions are centred on creativity, innovation and ideas.

Make sure you take a look at our calendar to find listings of what events are currently on or are coming up.

Dead Letter Club - Film Night theme

21 November 2018
Dead Letter Club
Dead Letter Club / Melanie Knight

Dead Letter Club, the world’s original creative letter writing movement....

Most Underrated Book Award 2018 winner announcement

22 November 2018
Small Press Network
Small Press Network

The winner of the Small Press Network's Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA

25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards Gala Dinner

24 November 2018
Sisters in Crime
Kate Atkinson & Jane Clifton

Join Sisters in Crime Australia to celebrate 25 years of the Scarlet...

present tense .7 Diarology for Beginners

27 November 2018
present tense
non/fictionLab with Kim Munro, Peta Murray,...

A performative nonfiction, polyphonic and participatory event celebrating...


27 November 2018
The Moth
True Personal Stories, Told Live

The Moth's StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions.

Digital Publishing Symposium

27 November 2018
Publishing and Communications - University of Melbourne
Beth Driscoll, Alex Dane, Claire Parnell, Roj...

A free event open to the public and hosted at the University of Melbourne,...