Examine hospo culture, sanitised parenting and First Nations protest in this Melbourne winter program
02.06.2022

Examine hospo culture, sanitised parenting and First Nations protest in this Melbourne winter program

The Wheeler Centre

The Wheeler Centre have announced their winter program of live events and a diverse array of Australian culture will once again be under the microscope.

The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne’s home of socially-poignant literature on Little Lonsdale Street, has just announced its 2022 winter program and there are some illuminating discussions in the offing.

Alongside previously announced live events with Jonathan Franzen – author of six acclaimed novels including The CorrectionsFreedom and Purity – and the Emerging Writers’ Festival, the Winter Series includes discussions with prominent authors and thinkers including Pullitzer Prize winning Sydney journalist and author Geraldine Brooks, Ashe Davenport, Nayuka Gorrie, Melina Marchetta, Archie Roach and Chelsea Watego, just to name a few.

Roach will headline the second annual Poetry Month Gala alongside Laniyuk, Bebe Backhouse, Joelistics and Mykaela Saunders. The Next Big Thing series, which shines a spotlight on The Wheeler Centre’s incubator program for young writers, will once again run over two editions.

The Wheeler Centre’s 2022 program

  • Exclusive appearances from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks in discussion about her new novel Horse at Montalto, as well as the Wheeler Centre and State Library of Victoria’s much-loved Salon Series.
  • A revisiting of the seminal 1992 Australian coming-of-age novel Looking for Alibrandi with author Melina Marchetta, director Stephen Nicolazzo and playwright Vidya Rajan ahead of the upcoming stage adaptation at Malthouse Theatre.
  • Australian Rules footballer Eddie Betts in conversation with author Tony Birchabout the highs and lows of his journey from the Nullarbor to the MCG.
  • A discussion with food writer Jess Ho, whose debut memoir Raised by Wolves examines their experience working in Australia’s hospitality scene.
  • A panel of experts and activists presented in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service focusing on the power and impact of First Nations campaigning, advocacy and protest.
  • A panel of experts and activists presented in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service focusing on the power and impact of First Nations campaigning, advocacy and protest.
  • Young adult author Holden Sheppard speaking on the tumultuous nature of adolescence.
  • A professional development session with a twist featuring writers Ashe Davenport and Nayuka Gorrie leading a discussion about defying the sanitised portrayal of parenthood and embracing its often-chaotic realities.

“For the first time in three years, many of us are looking to a winter filled with possibilities to venture outside our own homes to be challenged, stimulated and transported by some of Australia’s brightest thinkers discussing the pressing issues of today,” Wheeler Centre CEO Caro Llewellyn said.

“However, for those not able to make it to the city, we’re committed to ensuring accessibility and many of the events will be available online, either live-streamed or released as a video or podcast after the fact, available on our recently launched new website.”

Explore The Wheeler Centre’s winter program here.