Adopt a Word

Would you like a way to show your love and support for the Wheeler Centre, but just can’t find the right words?

Help preserve, protect and nurture the building blocks of our books, writing and ideas. 

By adopting a word you enable us to present smart, entertaining and accessible public talks on every topic and share the stories that matter to Australia and the world.

Every writer and speaker thanks you for your support, as do we!

If you have any questions or problems adopting a word please contact Brigid Reid, our Development Coordinator at

You'll Receive:

  • A gift from our sponsor St Ali Coffee Brewers

  • An Adopt-a-Word certificate with your chosen word and its definition

  • eBadge with your word to share on social media

  • The joy and satisfaction of supporting our work with the vibrant literary sector

  • Adoptions are for 12 months and are tax-deductible

Recently adopted words

  • Eximious
  • Barbigerous
  • Incogitable
  • Handy-billy
  • Idiosyncrasy
  • Popple
  • Vespiary
  • Svengali