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.

Represent: Paul Daley and Jack Latimore on Black Stories and Media

29 March 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Jack Latimore and Paul Daley

How do we write about race in Australia today?

Direct Line: Manus Island and The Messenger

30 March 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Abdul Aziz Muhamat, John Zammit, Michael Green,...

Manus Island’s offshore immigration detention centre has consistently...

Pitch a Classic Today

3 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Jennifer Wong, Laura Davis, Sami Shah, Damon...

Imagine William Golding’s Lord of the Flies as an interactive...

Footy Fan Club

4 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Alicia Sometimes, Nicole Hayes, and Emma King

Here’s a free kick for the school holidays: a morning of footy talk and fun...

Judith Rossell’s Stella Montgomery

4 April 2017
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Judith Rossell

In the Stella Montgomery series of children’s books (Withering-by-Sea...

Politics and Parenting in Palestine: Laila El-Haddad

5 April 2017
The Wheeler Centre
Laila El-Haddad and Jordy Silverstein

For years, Palestinian writer Laila El-Haddad has been documenting daily...