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  • State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Home to top-shelf libraries, bookstores and literary events, Melbourne is an official UNESCO City of Literature and a haven for bookish types.

Start your journey through the pages of local literary culture and creative writing talent beneath the iconic 100-year-old dome at the State Library of Victoria. The oldest free public library in Australia, it's also a living library, with a kids hub, a reading room and regular exhibitions.

Devour the page-turning list of events taking place almost daily at the loftily titled Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, a hub for writing and literature that houses the Victorian Writers' Centre and other key literary organisations.

Meet local writers and the international talent lining up to join Melbourne's major literary events, including Melbourne Writers' Festival, Overload Poetry Festival, the Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures, and the Emerging Writers' Festival.

Find space for writers and readers in the Flinders Lane precinct bound 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.

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