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.

Jelena Dokic

20 November 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Karen Lyon

In 1999, 16-year-old Jelena Dokic pulled off one of the most staggering...

Hot Desk Edition #3

20 November 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Ingrid Baring, Bobuq Sayed, Alexandra Collier,...

At summer’s cusp, it’s not just the weather that’s getting warmer.

Political Wrap

21 November 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Sally Warhaft, George Megalogenis, and Alice...

For the final Fifth Estate of 2017, Sally Warhaft and guests George...

The F Word Address: Jane Gilmore

22 November 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Jane Gilmore and Santilla Chingaipe

‘Here’s a list of things that don’t cause murder. Stiletto-heel shoes.

Well Aware

27 November 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Nick Toscano, Tim Crowe, Clem Bastow, and Jacinta...

Activated charcoal, sound baths, coffee enemas, adaptogens – wellness trends...

Beyond Binary: Nevo Zisin on Gender

28 November 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Nevo Zisin and Fury

Nevo Zisin has experienced gender in ways most of us may not.