The centrepiece of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature initiative, the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas is a hub and home for writers.
The Wheeler Centre provides literary organisations, publishers, universities and the media with access to shared meeting rooms and workshop spaces, as well as a 200-seat performance space. The centre is housed within a newly renovated wing of the State Library of Victoria.
Dedicated to the discussion and practice of writing and ideas, the centre is responsible for programming a range of events across the year. They include the annual Premier's Literary Awards, the annual Deakin Lectures, keynote public events including international speakers, as well as book and magazine launches, speeches, debates, seminars, poetry recitals, book readings, symposia, awards and performances. The centre is also a hub for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.