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.

The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire

26 February 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Tony Birch, Rosie Waterland, Leah Purcell, Omar...

We’re probing a blazing, hot topic at the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of...

Cory Doctorow

27 February 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Cory Doctorow and C.S. Pacat

For Cory Doctorow, the purpose of science fiction is not to predict the...

How Do Writers Get Paid?

28 February 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Cory Doctorow, Rebecca Giblin, Clare Forster, and...

The past decade or so has seen incredible changes in how we read.

A Hypothetical Crisis in the South China Sea

1 March 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Ali Moore, Gareth Evans, Chris Barrie, Sow Keat...

What if maritime forces of the United States and China clash in the South...

Fran Lebowitz

2 March 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz doesn’t suffer fools, banalities or bad furniture.

Teju Cole: Blind Spot

5 March 2018
The Wheeler Centre
Teju Cole and Anwen Crawford

‘Every line in every poem is the orphaned caption of a lost photograph...