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The Wheeler Centre

A Victorian Government initiative and the centrepiece of Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.

The Wheeler Centre was created in 2010 when Melbourne was officially designated a UNESCO City of Literature, recognising the city’s international leadership in books, writing and ideas. In just four years, the Wheeler Centre has established itself as one of Australia’s leading arts organisations, dedicated to making public conversation an art form. The Wheeler Centre passionately believes in the power of ideas and conversation and we have created a hub for the literary and ideas activity that defines this city.

Each year, the Centre designs and produces a rich programme of 200+ lectures, events and discussions on literature, arts, identity and public affairs to over 40,000 audience members. Accessibility is a guiding principle and the Centre strives to ensure that over eighty per cent of its programme is free and the remaining events are low cost.

The Wheeler Centre supports writers of today and tomorrow through the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, the Children’s Book Festival and the provision of residencies and fellowships. Its digital publishing arm consists of original video and audio of its programme and daily articles – reaching regional, national and international audiences.

The Wheeler Centre is dedicated to being the cornerstone of Australia’s literary activity, contributing to a deeper thinking society and to building a community around the sharing of ideas and conversations.


The Wheeler Centre building

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