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Refusing Not to See: On Kylie Ladd's Mothers and Daughters

Jo Case reflects on the defining themes of Kylie Ladd’s new novel, Mothers and Daughters: the complexities of female friendships, 21st-century adolescence, and the divide between black and white Australia. It’s all set against the stark tropical beauty of Broome, where Kylie and her family lived for a year.

File under: Dailies (17 Sep 14)

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Greg Combet: Unions, Labor and Leadership

Greg Combet is one of the most influential public figures of his generation. A former leader of the ACTU, and parliamentary secretary and senior minister in the Rudd-Gillard Labor governments

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Good News and Bad: Australia's Renewable Energy Future

The Australian government is committed to supporting the coal industry. Meanwhile, nations around the world are stepping up their support for renewable energy, and for the first time in history, Australia will need no new coal or gas power capacity in the next ten years. We look at the good and bad news about our renewable energy future.

File under: Dailies (16 Sep 14)

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Hit-and-Run Books and 'Literary' Works: On True Crime, from Garner to Chopper Read

Crime writer Andrew Nette looks at the evolution of the true crime genre in Australia, from literary approaches by Helen Garner and Anna Krien, and serious works of journalism by Robin De Crespigny and Matthew Condon, to ‘hit and run’ books. What can a good true crime book explore, beyond the crime? And why is the genre suddenly so popular?

File under: Dailies (15 Sep 14)

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Blak Wave

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The Fifth Estate: Power Flail

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Let's Talk About Sex: Feminist Pornography

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Art & us: Art & the universe

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Friday High Five: Colonising Mars, Awkwardness and Food Fashion

We’re set to colonise Mars: this century. Why is awkwardness so important? The next food trend: chefs ordering genetically engineered vegetables from seed producers. An author interviews her editors, agent and publicists. And homeless LGBT teens in the US.

File under: Dailies (12 Sep 14)

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Science Fiction Addiction

Is there such a thing as Australian science fiction – when you’re dealing with other worlds, does the nationality of the writer (and the setting) matter? Are there any questions or issues that

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Liz Thompson

Liz Thompson is a Melbourne-based migration agent, working predominantly with asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat. She worked on Manus Island as a Claims Assistance Provider until resigning in February 2014.

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Tristan Meecham

Tristan Meecham is a performance artist who works with the grand and the ridiculous. He is passionate about connecting community, audience and artists together in events that transcend the everyday. One day he will collaborate with Grace Jones. Tristan created The Coming Out Trilogy, three large-scale performance spectacles that include Fun Run, Game Show, and Miss Universe.

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Working with Words: Rebecca Lim

We speak to Rebecca Lim, author of The Astrologer’s Daughter, about ‘channeling voices’ when you write, creating ‘strong, quick-witted female protagonists who aren’t necessarily nice, likeable, tractable or pretty’, and why her best writing advice comes from Kate Bush.

File under: Dailies (11 Sep 14)

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Ice Buckets, Celebrity Deaths and Other Clickbait: Why Old News is the New News

Anthony Morris looks at why so much of what we see in the newspapers (and worse, their online counterparts) these days is new versions of what we’ve already seen elsewhere. He measures the impact of clickbait, and its precise clocking of readership – and questions how we’ll ever hear about the new, when our reading behaviour demands more of the old.

File under: Dailies (10 Sep 14)

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Bibliomancer: Gerard Elson Decodes the 'Aggressively Literary' Nick Cave

In this extract from the cover story of the latest Island magazine, Gerard Elson goes in search of Nick Cave’s inner word nerd, and unearths his various literary influences.

File under: Dailies (09 Sep 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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Art & health

Good art can provoke, explore, or simply entrance. But can it also be good for your health? Can healthy (or healing) art be good art? Does it matter?

Art can be a powerful prescription for people of a

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David Walsh

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

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What We Don't Know: Confessions from Wheeler Centre Staff

Ignoramus Anonymous invites you to share what you don’t know – and what you do know, in a kind of live Wikipedia session. In the spirit of admitting what we don’t know, Wheeler Centre staff have shared some of the questions that puzzle us, from the appeal (and rules) of cricket and Candy Crush, to how computers measure time, Kurdistan, and why people behave as they do.

File under: Dailies (08 Sep 14)

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The Stella Prize Goes to School

Nearly 70% of Victoria’s Year 12 English texts are by male authors. And Australian women writers are still underrepresented in many arenas. How will the next generation of women see writing as a

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Karen Joy Fowler: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler is best known for her international bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club, a sublime comic novel of contemporary manners that Alice Sebold loved so much, she wanted to eat it

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Friday High Five: Catton's Reading Grant, Right-Wing Dystopias

Eleanor Catton has set up a grant to allow writers time to read. Are YA dystopias right-wing training manuals? Lorelei Vashti on memoir and deliberate lies. How to turn poison into trash. And what are literary magazines for? Editors tell.

File under: Dailies (05 Sep 14)

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Jax-Jacki Brown

Jax-Jacki Brown is a disability and queer rights activist, freelance writer, spoken word performer and troublemaker.

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Working with Words: Melissa Lucashenko

We speak to Melissa Lucashenko, winner of the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing for Mullumbimby, about her first poem, influenced by Alan Marshall, the joy of not having to sit in a revolting office, the personality type that makes an artist, and how Keri Hulme’s Bone People showed her that ‘lives like the ones I knew belonged in literary fiction’.

File under: Dailies (04 Sep 14)

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Neil Ackland

Neil Ackland is the founder and CEO of diversified media company Sound Alliance. Neil was named in the Top 10 Most Powerful People in Digital Media by The Power Index and the AMID Power 50, a list of the top 50 most powerful people in the Australian music industry.

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Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall is the author of two novels for young adults, the Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness and its sequel Queen of the Night. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in Meanjin, Age, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Growing Up Asian In Australia.

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Trust and Our Children: Tony Birch Reflects on the Story of Bunjil the Eagle

Tony Birch reflects on the significance of Bunjil the Eagle, a story about country and custodianship – and what it says about contemporary Australians' botched custodianship of our environment. What legacy are we leaving our children with our inaction – and what kind of example are we setting?

File under: Dailies (03 Sep 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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The Wheeler Centre Auditorium

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3000

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