Michael Williams exits the Wheeler Centre

Williams is stepping down as Director of the Wheeler Centre after a decade of conversation, podcasts and ideas.

Michael Williams, the debonair Director of the Wheeler Centre – Melbourne’s centre for ideas, writing and civic conversation – is leaving the organisation after 10 years.

Melbourne was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2008, after which the Wheeler Centre of Books, Writing and Ideas was established; a hub for a diverse range of literary and ideas-based organisations and activities.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts