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.

Becoming and Belonging

27 September 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Sinéad Stubbins, Wen-Juenn Lee, Paige Clark,...

This event can no longer go ahead on Monday 27 September at The Moat...

The Gender Binary and Beyond

28 September 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Alison Evans, Hayden Moon, Stevie Lane, and Nevo...

Our sense of identity shapes our understanding of the world around us: how...

Miles Allinson: In Moonland

29 September 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Miles Allinson and Toni Jordan

Bookings for the digital live-stream can be made now.

Jonathan Franzen: Crossroads

5 October 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Jonathan Franzen and Sarah Kanowski

‘My despair about the American novel began in the winter of 1991, when I...

Media in Exile: Press Freedoms and Myanmar

6 October 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Swe Win, Peter Greste, Michelle Aung Thin, and...

Bookings for the digital live-stream can be made now.

Future Voices: Decolonising Australian Media

7 October 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Bridget Brennan, Chelsea Watego, Sono Leone,...

In 2020, the Broadly Speaking series launched with a powerful conversation...