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.

Richard Price and Lorraine Adams

25 November 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Richard Price, Lorraine Adams, and Rachael Brown

Richard Price is the acclaimed author of novels including Clockers ...

Small Press Network Book of the Year Award Edition

26 November 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Shu-Ling Chua, Leah Jing McIntosh, Poppy Nwosu,...

The Small Press Network is dedicated to supporting independent publishers...

New Narratives, New Structures: Fiction

30 November 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Valerie Brandes, Anamik Saha, Radhiah Chowdhury,...

If we were to tell the story of publishing in Australia and the UK right now...

New Narratives, New Structures: Children’s and YA

1 December 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Cath Moore, Elle McNicol, Aimée Felone, Melanie...

Children’s books provide some of our earliest experiences of the power of...

Representation, Voice and Agency

2 December 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Grace Heifetz, Crystal Mahey-Morgan, Emma...

Stories have the power to enact change in the real world by reimagining and...

Siri Hustvedt: Mothers, Fathers and Others

7 December 2021
The Wheeler Centre
Siri Hustvedt and Tali Lavi

'Remember this: the world loves powerful men and hates powerful women.