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.

Inside Out Edition

10 May 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Sam van Zweden, Emily Spurr, Sar Fegan, Lauren...

At our May Next Big Thing event, step inside the stories and experiences of...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Programme Launch: The Words That Shaped Us

11 May 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Mia Nie, Yamiko Marama, Luke Patterson, Olivia...

What are the books that shaped you?

Live-stream: Young Mob Yarns

13 May 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Douglas Briggs

Young Mob Yarns offers a safe space to have a yarn on a range of topics,...

Garry Disher

14 May 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Garry Disher and Emma Viskic

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as thequiet giant of...

No Justice, No Peace: Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

17 May 2021
The Wheeler Centre

It’s been 30 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in...

Ahead of the Game: Sport, Storytelling and Symbolism

1 June 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Rana Hussain, Courtney Hagen, Joanna Lester, Kate...

Australians love our sport: playing it, watching it, discussing it, and...