Many modern writers work in Melbourne's inner city, retreating to rooms above the streets and laneways. You'll find lots of space for writers and readers in the Flinders Lane precinct bounded by Swanston and Elizabeth streets. The Victorian Writers' Centre, Collected Works Bookshop, Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Centre for Adult Education, Letterbox, and City Library are all here, as well as the literary-leaning Journal cafe.
Multinational publishers like Penguin and Lonely Planet lead the local industry, joined by independents Text Publishing, Hardie Grant, Black Inc., Melbourne University Publishing, Scribe Publications, and other small presses and tiny publishers of books, journals and magazines.
Some of the world's most famous writers have called Melbourne home. Immigrant artists, writers and poets were drawn to Melbourne's early bohemian restaurants and bookshops. They planted the seeds for a vibrant cultural and intellectual community.
Famous 19th-century novelist Marcus Clarke, poets C.J. Dennis and Dorothy Porter, twice Booker Prize winner Peter Carey and two-times Miles Franklin award winner Alex Miller have earned recognition locally and abroad. Other literary Melburnians include Germaine Greer, Raimond Gaita, Helen Garner, Shane Maloney, and Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel Richardson).