Melbourne is full of literary activity with conversations about books, writing and ideas bookish happening every night of the week.

The State Library of Victoria hosts a year round program of talks, and exhibitions as does The Wheeler Centre. Melbourne's meeting place, Federation Square hosts a variety of talks including the Melbourne Conversation series, part of City of Melbourne’s Knowledge Melbourne platform.

The majority of the bookshops run programs, launches, talks and happenings. Readings has a lively events calendar and Reader's Feast runs events and mini festivals, just to mention but a few. Even our comic shops run panel sessions and signings.

The libraries across Victoria also offer a calendar of discussions and events.

Melbourne is blessed with a few stand out one off events. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) runs an annual Art Book Fair. The popular Women of Letters goes from strength to strength, expanding internationally and Rare Book Week is a world leading celebration of the Antiquarian Book.

Make sure you take a look at our calendar to find listings of what events are currently on or are coming up.


25 March 2017
Castlemaine Festival
Janet Galbraith and Ahmad

Unknowable is a poetry reading by Castlemaine-based poets Janet Galbraith...

7@11: The divided heart – motherhood and creativity Rachel Power, Sally Rippin, Samantha Bews and Ellie Marney

25 March 2017
Castlemaine Festival
Rachel Power, Sally Rippin, Samantha Bews and...

The writer Katherine Mansfield observed: mothers are forced to relinquish...

Treacherous waters: new undercurrents in crime

31 March 2017
Sisters in Crime
Sisters in Crime

Authors Candice Fox, Tania Chandler and Fiona Capp talk to Jacqui Horwood...

100 Story Holidays

3 April 2017 to 7 April 2017
100 Story Building
100 Story Building

Be an AUTHOR in these school holiday writing workshops!

BROW TALKS Season One presented by RMIT's non/fictionLab: Lecture Four – THE LANGUAGE OF PROGRESS, by Chad Parkhill

26 April 2017
The Lifted Brow
Chad Parkhill, The Lifted Brow, non/fictionLab

Lecture Four – Wednesday 26 April, 6pm for 6.30

Continuum 13 - National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

8 June 2017 to 12 June 2017

Continuum is a four day speculative fiction convention designed for readers...