While poring over cycling journals from the 1880s and 1890s, author Greg Foyster stumbled across some enlightening historical anecdotes about our city’s first ‘wheelmen’ and ‘wheelwomen’. Here, he shares how our cycling history should make us view the bicycle in a new light.
When Annabel Smith embarked on creating her interactive digital ebook The Ark, she realised how wedded we still are to the old-fashioned p-book … and the obstacles (in terms of technology, distribution platforms and publisher attitudes) that lie in the way of writers wanting to harness the possibilities of interactive digital media to tell their stories.
Julian Morrow is a co-founder of satirical media empire The Chaser and joke production company Giant Dwarf. His work in the field of public nuisance includes TV programs The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Hamster Wheel, The Unbelievable Truth and The Checkout.
Why infection prevention research is crucial in stopping the spread of diseases like Ebola. David Lynch’s LA (and our Twin Peaks tribute). A media editor goes undercover at Australian university journalism courses. Poland’s mysterious crooked forest. And how asylum seekers in detention care for their mental health through poetry … and Facebook.
Stephanie Alexander AO is regarded as one of Australia’s great food educators. Her reputation has been earned through her thirty years as an owner-chef in several restaurants, as the author of 14 influential books and hundreds of articles about food matters, and for her groundbreaking work in creating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
We speak to Nic Low, author of Arms Race, about about loving the undo button, talking writing with Alex Miller, raising our kids on a diet of stories, and accidentally writing activist literature.
Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize last night for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, inspired by his father’s experiences as a prisoner of war. In this edited extract from Ramona Koval’s 2013 interview at the Wheeler Centre, Flanagan explores that family inspiration and the link between growing up with his father’s stories of his experiences as a prisoner of war and the creation of the novel.
Current UN data shows that equal representation in parliaments worldwide will take at least two decades, if current growth is maintained. But here in Australia, the numbers don’t look good. There’s j…
Hear from Julia Gillard on on Kevin Rudd and the leadership, in an edited extract from our event with Kate Langbroek last week. Gillard talks about Rudd’s strengths and weaknesses as a leader, the lessons for modern leadership in general, and how you ‘never get to run the control test’ in politics.
David Walsh is a mathematician, gambler and gallery owner from Hobart.
Julia Gillard reflects on the ‘curious question of gender’, how that affected her performance (and experience) as prime minister – and the lessons her experience might hold for how we treat and respond to female leaders in the future. This is an edited extract from her conversation with Kate Langbroek at the Regent Theatre in our event last week.
Dee Madigan is an award-winning creative director. She is a panellist on Gruen Planet (ABC TV) and appears on Sky’s The Contrarians, PM Live and The Perrett Report.
Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based writer and frequent contributor to frankie and Good Weekend. He is the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) and co-author of Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014).
A peek at the HBO miniseries of Olive Kitteridge. The scientist who discovered Ebola tells his story. Gone Girl: book versus film. Why the mental health of astronauts matters. And inside the brain of a neuroscientist who accidentally discovered he’s a clinical psychopath.
We speak to Simon Barnard, author of A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land, about writing making more time for cuddles with the dog, approval from Nick Cave, and what he’d be doing if he wasn’t working with words … (thieving).
We asked Cate Kennedy, editor of Australian Love Stories, to share what makes a particularly Australian love story – and whether there were any common themes or subjects that stood out when she was going through submissions for the anthology. She also reflects on what makes a good love story – and why love is great material for dramatic storytelling.
The Wheeler Centre is Melbourne’s home for smart, passionate and entertaining public talks on every topic.
Across 200+ events each year, you’ll find some of our finest local and international thinkers and speakers, sharing their expertise, their imagination and their ideas.
The majority of events are free.
The Wheeler Centre is the centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s City of Literature initiative.
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