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The Novella: Forgotten stories

The novella occupies a special place in literature – we all know it’s longer than a short story and shorter than a novel. Famous novellas include some of literature’s greats: Breakfast at Tiffany’s,

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Thomas Keneally

2014 is the fiftieth anniversary of Thomas Keneally’s first novel. He was the first Australian to wina Booker Prize (for Schindler’s Ark, filmed as Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Schindler’s

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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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Working with Words: Kate Richards

We speak to Kate Richards, author of Madness: A Memoir about why you should push your story further than you think you can, how literary theory can be taught but writing geniuses are born, and why you should read books that challenge you as a reader and challenge you as a writer.

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'We're Not Alone': Maggie Mackellar on Memoir

The Wheeler Centre’s Jo Case speaks to Maggie Mackellar, author of How to Get There and When it Rains, about writing memoir, being in conversation with other books and writers, and why life writing is not cathartic.

File under: Dailies (22 Oct 14)

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Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of those chefs. The ones whose names sell millions of cookbooks around the world, and headline restaurants.

He’s known and loved for books like Jerusalem – a richly evocative c

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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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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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Travels with Hemingway's Keeper

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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David Walsh

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

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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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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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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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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)

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
Victoria 3000

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