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.

2022 VPLA Fiction Shortlist Book Club

24 January 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Angela Meyer

Join us for a special summer book club at MPavilion, ahead of the...

Fighting Form

11 February 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Walter Kadiki, Michelle de Kretser, Great...

At our summer Salon, we’re spotlighting artists who push formal limits and...

100 Seconds ’til Midnight: Countdown to Catastrophe

15 February 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Bernard Caleo

On January 27, 2021, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists sent a plea to...

100 Seconds ’til Midnight: Stopping the Clock

22 February 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Bernard Caleo

100 Seconds ’til Midnight is an interactive series of events responding to...

Teens Talk... Racism

23 March 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Jinyoung Kim, Sabina Patawaran, and Elsa Rose

Teens Talk is a new series of professional development sessions for...

Mapping Culture: Lasting Stories

24 March 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Alice Pung and Bec Kavanagh

How do we keep track of the stories that make up our lives?