Let the wild rumpus start!

The Wheeler Centre kicks off our first season of events with a celebration of storytelling that revels in the deepest recesses of the imagination. This year, we dedicate our dearest tradition – our annual Gala Night – to a classic work celebrating its fiftieth birthday. Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are has captivated generations of children – and inspired countless creative artists to travel to their dark sides and back … in time for dinner.

We’ve gathered a diverse tribe of eleven Australian writers to take this much-loved classic as inspiration for their own creative work, to be performed at the Town Hall. There will be poets and dramatists, essayists and fiction writers, journalists and lyricists – with works that will transport you to faraway lands, explore the wildness within and ultimately transcend.

They’ll roar their terrible roars, gnash their terrible teeth and show their terrible claws. (Or something like that, anyway.)

Join us at the Town Hall for an imaginary journey like no other – a communal celebration of storytelling with some of Australia’s best creative minds.

What better way to start the new year?

We’ll open the night with a screening of Oslo Davis' short film Melbhattan.

Twitter: #wildthings

All profits go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.



Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson is a playwright and screenwriter best known for Hotel Sorrento.


Robyn Davidson

Robyn Davidson is an award-winning travel writer, novelist, scriptwriter, essayist and reviewer whose work has been translated and published extensively around the world.


Alison Lester

Alison Lester is the author and illustrator of some of Australia’s most well-loved and bestselling children’s books.


David Marr

David Marr is the multi-award-winning author of Patrick White: a Life and The High Price of Heaven, and co-author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory.


Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson is a writer whose work touches the realms of hip-hop and performance poetry. A winner of Slams, including the Australian Poetry Slam final & Melbourne Poetry Festival final, and a song writer from way back, Luka has spent the last year touring writers’ festivals and independent venues throughout Australia, Asia, Oceania and North America.


Monica Dux

Monica Dux is a writer, social commentator and co-author of The Great Feminist Denial. Her latest book, Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting), will be published by Melbourne University Press in March 2013.


Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable is a writer, novelist and human rights advocate, and one of Australia’s most-loved storytellers.


Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission.


Anthony Morgan

Anthony Morgan has been working as a stand up comic since 1982. Anthony has performed his conversational stand up across Australia, as well as in London, Manchester and twice at the Edinburgh Festival.


Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe was born in 1984 and lives in Melbourne’s inner-west with her husband and cat. Her new short story collection, Tarcutta Wake, is published by UQP.


Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch is a singer, writer, and master storyteller, who first began performing in Melbourne pubs when she was 16. Seven albums later, Clare has toured the country a million times and been awarded EG Best Female Artists (2011), Rolling Stone Woman of the Year for her Contribution to Culture (2010), Yen Young Woman of the Year (2008), and an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist (2006), plus half a dozen other ARIA nominations for her albums.


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