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.

State of the (Writing) Nation: Alice Pung

16 November 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Alice Pung, Shu-Ling Chua, and Christos Tsiolkas

The State of the (Writing) Nation is Writers Victoria’s annual address from...

Islands in the Stream

17 November 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Enoch Mailangi, Michael Sun, Ben Nguyen, and...

In the early 2000s, prestige television shows like The Sopranos,...

Melbourne Asia Game Changers

18 November 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Melissa Leong

The Asia Society’s world-renowned Asia Game Changers series has come to...

Real Pigeons Spy High

20 November 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Ben Wood, Andrew McDonald, and Janet McLeod

Calling all junior crime fighters!

My Mirka

22 November 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Peter Rosenberg, Melinda Martin, Coco Love Sheils...

Mirka Mora meant so many things to so many people: as an artist, an icon, a...

Maxine Beneba Clarke: How Decent Folk Behave

24 November 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Maxine Beneba Clarke and Brian Nankervis

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a literary force.