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Emily Bitto and Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen Dovey’s beautifully crafted, cerebral collection Only the Animals channels the voices of ten animals, who each tell us about their lives and deaths, as impacted by human action and

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Pedal-Powered Essay: Melbourne’s Hidden Cycling History

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.

File under: Dailies (21 Oct 14)

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Is the Publishing Industry Ready for Interactive Books?

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.

File under: Dailies (20 Oct 14)

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Defence policy in the age of ISIS

As Australian hornets strike Islamic State targets over Iraq and our special forces remain on standby to once again enter conflict in the Middle East, questions arise about Australia’s defence and

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Julian Morrow

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.

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Friday High Five: A Crooked Forest, Lynch's LA and Media Undercover

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.

File under: Dailies (17 Oct 14)

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Stephanie Alexander

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.

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Working with Words: Nic Low

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.

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Infinite Love and Murderous Impulses: Richard Flanagan on The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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.

File under: Dailies (15 Oct 14)

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A Woman's Place is in the House (and in the Senate)

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

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Nick Earls

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Julia Gillard on Kevin Rudd and the Leadership Change

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.

File under: Dailies (14 Oct 14)

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David Walsh

David Walsh is a mathematician, gambler and gallery owner from Hobart.

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Julia Gillard on the 'Curious Question of Gender'

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.

File under: Dailies (13 Oct 14)

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Cultural Impact of AIDS

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Wheeler Kids: Andy Griffiths

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Men Overboard: Blokes, Wimps and Mates

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Dee Madigan

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.

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Woolf & Wilde: A Queer Party

At the climax of a heady week of queer discussion at the Wheeler Centre, we’re inviting you to come together – anybody, everybody – for a celebration of queerness and difference. A sly confection of

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Births, Deaths and Marriages: Marriages

File under: Videos (10 Oct 14)

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Benjamin Law

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).

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Friday High Five: Books on HBO, Psychopaths and Astronauts

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.

File under: Dailies (10 Oct 14)

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Working with Words: Simon Barnard

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).

File under: Dailies (09 Oct 14)

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The Edge of Vulnerability: Cate Kennedy on Australian Love Stories

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.

File under: Dailies (08 Oct 14)


What is 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, 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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find us

The Wheeler Centre Auditorium

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3000

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