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What’s on in November: Resident Organisation Round Up

Check out the latest events and opportunities from the wide range of writing and arts organisations inside the Wheeler Centre.

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As the centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, we are host to some fantastic arts and culture organisations.

Within the Wheeler Centre building lives Australian Poetry, Blak & Bright, Melbourne City of Literature Office, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Express Media, Freeplay Independent Games Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, PEN Melbourne, the Small Press Network and Writers Victoria. Beneath the Wheeler Centre you can enjoy a European culinary escape at Italian inspired restaurant The Moat.

Discover what’s coming up in November 2023 for these organisations below. 


Melbourne Writers Festival

Already thinking about the 2024 Melbourne Writers Festival? Sign up to the MWF e-newsletter to be among the first to find out about next year’s program! Join now and you’ll receive book recommendations, podcasts with your favourite writers, events and opportunities in the arts, exclusive offers and discounts, and more. Head to the Melbourne Writers Festival website to sign up just in time for their holiday season offers.


PEN Melbourne

Coming up at PEN Melbourne, Kylie Moore-Gilbert and Behrouz Boochani gather together at the Wheeler Centre for the Day of the Imprisoned Writer on Tuesday 14 November. Guided by the federal president of the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance, Karen Percy, the pair will talk about their personal experiences, their reflections on the consequences of unjust imprisonment on a person’s being, the wider implications around ‘freedom’ and the role writers play in challenging oppressive regimes.


Writers Victoria

Later in November, award-winning writer, editor and artist André Dao will reflect on the state of Australian literature and publishing at Writers Victoria’s annual State of the (Writing) Nation address.  

Hosted by Writers Victoria patron Andy Jackson, the evening will also feature an opening reading by writer and editor Hasib Hourani. All proceeds from this event will support the Writers Victoria Fund. Join them at the Wheeler Centre on Tuesday 21 November from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. 

To close the month, why not head along to Writers Victora’s online seminar with Sam Ryan and Brodie Lancaster Let’s Talk About…Finance for Writers.  Writers often spend hours learning about craft, only to find themselves adrift when it comes to finances. Hear different perspectives on why and how to develop business skills, or outsource assistance, in order to build a sustainable career on Tuesday 28 November from 6.30pm to 8pm.


The Wheeler Centre

Give the gift of great conversation this holiday season with a Wheeler Centre gift voucher. Your lucky recipient will be able to choose to book tickets to interviews with writers, panel discussions, literary lunches, special digital events, performances and more. 

Available in any denomination, the Wheeler Centre’s digital gift vouchers will be conveniently emailed to you shortly after purchase. Learn more here.


The Moat

Enjoy the warmer weather with Happy Hour at The Moat, every Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 6pm. The menu includes beers from $8, wines from $10 and $14 cocktails, as well as delicious small plates from The Moat’s kitchen! View the full menu here. 

Together, we can change the conversation.

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