Like every great story or idea, the Wheeler Centre began with a blank sheet of paper and some ambitious ideas. Was there a a place in Melbourne for a unique institution that would provide a hub for the discussion, debate and practice of writing and ideas? The idea grew with the passion, belief and support of the Victorian State Government and gained unstoppable momentum. In 2008, Melbourne was designated a UNESCO City of Literature, and this heralded the establishment of the Centre of Books, Writing and Ideas – a vibrant new hub for a diverse range of literary and ideas-based organisations and activities.
The Wheeler Centre provides an entire space in the middle of a bustling capital city just for words and books and ideas. Isn’t that just wonderful?! The fact that this city has such a resource and that it is shared with the public and a range of literary organisations is worth talking about. Wheeler Centre events foster conversations on a broad range of topics, including literature, art, social responsibility, politics, ethics, copyright, urban planning, sports, Indigenous storytelling and public affairs. The benefits of embracing these resources can only make us better editors, communication professionals and cultural ambassadors. Immersion in conversations about culture and change keeps us up to date.
In his keynote presentation, Michael Williams will discuss the benefits of the Wheeler Centre for Melbourne and to us as editors in a rapidly changing cultural landscape.