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World of Words

In May 2023, an electric line-up of writers and thinkers from around the world checks in to Melbourne.

From South Korea to Mozambique, the UK to Vietnam, India to the USA – World of Words brings together some of the world’s most exciting writers and thinkers as they share insights, ideas and inspiration from their internationally acclaimed careers.

Hear from and meet a range of inspiring speakers including a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, the 2023 TS Eliot Prize winner, a 2022 International Booker Prize shortlistee, one of the world’s leading humanitarians and political activists, a Masterchef UK judge and multiple New York Times bestsellers.

Join the Wheeler Centre for an array of long-form interviews, panels, workshops, and literary lunches as we delve into spooky stories with purpose, political legacies, the state of contemporary dining, how to write a sonnet, relationship advice and bringing the past to life for modern readers.

So pack your bags and travel to the Wheeler Centre for an unforgettable gathering of global minds.



Buy three or more World of Words events and get 15% off your purchase.

Simply purchase three or more eligible World of Words events as part of a package and receive 15% off full price tickets.

This offer does not include workshops, Montalto lunches or Pay What You Wish tickets. Discount is only available on Full Price tickets and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer including drink-inclusive tickets. Offer available via only.




World of Words is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.



Supported by official World of Words Hotel Partner, Sofitel Melbourne.


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