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It’s hard to believe that The Wheeler Centre has only been a part of Melbourne since February. With so many inspiring events on the 2010 calendar, it already feels an integral part of the local Arts industry.

The year began with the prestigious Gala Night of Storytelling which featured Cate Kennedy, Shane Maloney, Tara June Winch and John Marsden.

Some highlights of the calendar included David Astle confessing his love of words, Hanifa Deen asking if Australia is still racist, Sophie Cunningham hypothesising on the future of reading, Tony Wilson and Tony Martin’s Night of Two Tones and Max Barry opening up his music collection for the Writer’s Mix Tape.

Nicki Greenberg and Shaun Tan gave us our Day of Comics. Lili Wilkinson and Kate Holden featured in A Week of Love and Lust. Kate and Sean Dooley gave us their two cents in the Lunchbox/Soapbox series.

But perhaps the most prolific program series was Debut Mondays. Some of Australia’s finest first-timers grabbed the mic including: Andrew McDonald, Sofie Laguna, Amra Pajalic, Anna Goldsworthy, Daniel Ducrou, Jon Bauer, Kathy Charles, Leanne Hall, Steph Bowe, Tom Cho and many more.

The 2011 calendar will be released soon. We can’t wait to do it all again!

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