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Quirky Art Dealers and YA Ninjas: Books to Film in 2015

In the latest in our occasional series of book-to-film updates, we bring you Johnny Depp’s latest outing (reportedly, the books are great but you might want to miss the film), the new adaptations of John Green, Patricia Highsmith and Thomas Hardy, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s film of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

File under: Dailies (27 Jan 15)

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In Five. A Gala Debate on 2020.

As part of our fifth birthday celebrations, we’re presenting a unique headline debate with two sides, just one team – and nothing less than our future at stake.

The central question: where will we be

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For Five. A Gala for five year olds with Julia Donaldson.

What’s a fifth birthday celebration without something just perfect for five year olds?

We’ve invited children’s author and entertainer Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo, to take young readers o

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On Five. A Gala Night of Storytelling.

2015 marks the Wheeler Centre’s fifth birthday, and to celebrate we’re bringing you a very special chapter of our beloved annual tradition: A Gala Night of Storytelling.

Once again, ten of

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Friday High Five: American Slappers, $5 Million New Chair of Australian Literature

A $5 million donation from a Melbourne couple creates a new professorship of Australian literature at the University of Melbourne. America remakes The Slap, with an all-star cast. A five-year-old child is billed for missing a birthday party. We share some some reasons to re-read, via Meanjin. And a riposte to the viral 36 questions to make you fall in love: 36 questions guaranteed to make you fall out of love.

File under: Dailies (23 Jan 15)

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Working with Words: Brodie Lancaster

We talk to Brodie Lancaster, staff writer for Rookie, founding editor of Filmmes Fatales and editor at The Good Copy, about writing stories about Hanson (when she was six), Imposter Syndrome, working for Tavi Gevinson, and getting her writing advice from The Good Copy’s Penny Modra.

File under: Dailies (22 Jan 15)

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'Frequently Terrifying!': On Writing Yourself into Your Performance Work

Queer and trans writer, performer and educator Sunny Drake shares his tips on how to write yourself into your performance.

File under: Dailies (21 Jan 15)

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Les Murray

Les Murray is Australia’s leading poet. In 2015, his first new collection of poems in five years will be published, Waiting for the Past. Bunyah will follow later in the year, a collection that brings together the poems Murray has written about the place where he comes from and by extension about the rural life and small communities of Australia.

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Poetry vs Grindr: On Writing Love Poems to Boys

In the lead-up to his Midsumma writing workshop on Writing Love Poems to Boys, Writers Victoria interviews Castlemaine poet Terry Jaensch about the power of the love poem.

File under: Dailies (20 Jan 15)

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Key of Sea

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Picturing Paris: Mike Shuttleworth Reports

Mike Shuttleworth visited Paris last year to attend the Salon du livre et de presse jeunesse, one of the best children’s book festivals in the world. He reports back to share the experience – and some of the books he encountered there.

File under: Dailies (19 Jan 15)

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Art and Change: One in Two: Juvenile Injustice

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The Last Tuesday Society: Alternate Endings

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Foreign Correspondents

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Kate Richards: Madness

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The Novella: Forgotten stories

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Question time: Transport

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For Five. A Gala for five year olds with Julia Donaldson in Geelong.

What’s a fifth birthday celebration without something just perfect for five year olds?

We’ve invited children’s author and entertainer Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo, to take young readers o

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Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and slam poet of Afro-Caribbean heritage. Foreign Soil, her first critically acclaimed collection of short fiction, won the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award.

She is the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole (Picaro Press, 2009) and Nothing Here Needs Fixing (Picaro Press, 2013), the title poem of which won the 2013 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. Maxine is the recipient of the 2014 Hazel Rowley Fellowship for Biography for her forthcoming memoir The Hate Race.

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Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles.

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Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser served as Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister from 1975 until he resigned from federal politics in 1983, after 28 years as the Federal Member for Wannon. He held several ministries during his time in Parliament, including Minister for the Army, Minister of State for Defence and Minister for Education and Science.

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Friday High Five: Best of the Best (Books of 2014)

We thought we’d say goodbye to 2014 by making it easy for you to make some last-minute Christmas gift – and summer reading choices. Here are five of the handiest retrospectives on the best books of 2014, all of them Australian (and some of them by us).

File under: Dailies (19 Dec 14)

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Anna Goldsworthy

Anna Goldsworthy is the author of the memoirs Welcome to Your New Life and Piano Lessons, and Quarterly Essay 50, On Women, Freedom and Misogyny. Her writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, the Adelaide Review and Best Australian Essays.

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Working with Words: Harry Saddler

We speak to Melbourne writer Harry Saddler about needing a day job that’s not challenging in order to write, why if you’ve been told not to do something in your writing, that’s exactly what you should do, and his dream date with Lizzie Bennett.

File under: Dailies (18 Dec 14)

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Writing While Female, Reading (Women) While Male

Maxine Beneba Clarke tells us about her Twitter initiative #writingwhilefemale – why she started it, why the conversation is important – and how it grew into a valuable catalogue of experiences. (And launched a companion thread, #menreadingwomen.)

File under: Dailies (17 Dec 14)

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Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld series, the first title of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983.

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Why We Should Respond to Climate Change with Patience, Not Panic: Tony Birch

Tony Birch reflects on why urgency (in our rhetoric, at least) is a counterproductive response to climate change. Instead, he argues, we need patience: ‘the only means by which change of substance will eventuate’.

File under: Dailies (16 Dec 14)

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Wheeler Centre Staff Best Books 2014

Every year at this time, the Wheeler Centre staff share our favourite books of 2014.

File under: Dailies (15 Dec 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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