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.

Colour and Consciousness

19 July 2022
The Wheeler Centre
CJ Dobson, David Sequeira, Nao Tsuchiya, Hilary...

Tuesday 19 July 2022, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Hidden Histories: Geraldine Brooks

21 July 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Geraldine Brooks, Flora A Chol, Mindy Meng Wang...

Thursday 21 July 2022, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Plain English Speaking Awards: 2022 Victorian State Final

22 July 2022
The Wheeler Centre

Friday 22 July 2022, 10:00am–1:00pm

Jess Ho: Raised By Wolves

28 July 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Jess Ho, Clem Bastow

Thursday 28 July 2022, 06:30pm–7:30pm

As the World Turns

1 August 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Grace Chan, Denice Dabu, Else Fitzgerald, Pirooz...

Monday 1 Augist 2022, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Eddie Betts: The Boy from Boomerang Crescent

2 August 2022
The Wheeler Centre
Eddie Betts, Tony Birch

Tuesday 2 August 2022, 6:30pm–7:30pm