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.

Ceridwen Dovey: Fugitive Connections

10 April 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Ceridwen Dovey and Abigail Ulman

What is guilt – and how can we escape the grip of the past?

PM’s Literary Awards Winners in Conversation

12 April 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Thuy On, Cath Crowley, Ryan O'Neill, and...

What is Australian literature? What was Australian literature?

Small Town Stories

16 April 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Jay Carmichael, Kate O’Donnell, and Mira Robertson

Rural Australia – indeed, rural anywhere – is a storytelling...

The Stella Prize in Conversation

18 April 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Toni Jordan, Emily Bitto, and Clare Wright

In recent months, the stories of women – and with them, impediments to women...

Alexis Wright

20 April 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Alexis Wright and Elizabeth McCarthy

Alexis Wright is an author of dazzling energy, ambition and imagination.

Clicks vs Tix

21 April 2018
The Wheeler Centre

In 2018, what defines a globally successful comedian?