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 2200 speakers have participated in more than 1616 public conversations since 2010.

Developing Influences: Photography and Power

18 May 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Atong Atem, Shannon May Powell, James J. Robinson...

Helmut Newton is one of the most influential fashion photographers of all...

SMUT: Queer Erotic Fan Fiction Salon

19 May 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Nkechi Anele, Nathan Borg, Clem Bastow, Evana De...

Queer screen culture magazine Sissy Screens and the Wheeler Centre...

Helen Garner: How to End a Story

20 May 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Helen Garner and Sean O’Beirne

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most respected writers.

Breaking and Entering: The Next Chapter Writers’ Scheme

21 May 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Jumaana Abdu, Ennis Ćehić, Josie/Jocelyn Deane...

The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter writers’ scheme is changing the Australian...

Queer Dreams

24 May 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Mama Alto, Claire G. Coleman, Nayuka Gorrie,...

Artists, writers, musicians, performers and comedians come together to...

The Coal Conundrum: A Hypothetical

25 May 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Dan Gocher, Ken Henry, Dirk Matten, Graeme Samuel...

For this hypothetical, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Ali Moore, we’re...