Read up on what makes Melbourne a world literary capital and UNESCO City of Literature. Uncover the best literary festivals, bookshops, bookish cafes and literary haunts for lovers of the written word.
Meet and hear local writers and international talent at Melbourne's major literary events, including Melbourne Writers Festival, the Digital Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and the Feminist Writers Festival.
Other literary festivals take place year-round across Victoria. See our regional events pages for details.
SLV and the Wheeler Centre
The iconic historic dome of the State Library of Victoria continues to inspire generations of writers, artists, researchers, students and visitors. It’s the oldest free public library in Australia and has undergone a magnificent refurbishment and expansion, completed late 2019. The SLV provides historic reading rooms, a Create Quarter for schools, Ideas Quarter for entrepeneurs, and the Cowen Gallery space; it also hosts word-loving exhibitions, and is home to Readings bookshop, and Mr Tulk and Guild cafes.
The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas runs a page-turning list of events year-round, including book launches, writers’ talks and debates. It’s a hub for writing and literature, and brings together Writers Victoria and other key literary organisations under its roof. Right downstairs is The Moat bar and restaurant for literary musings.