The Charlotte Aitken Trust

About Charlotte Aitken

Charlotte Aitken was the only child of Gillon Aitken, a towering figure of the publishing industry and the outstanding literary agent of his generation.

The Charlotte Aitken Trust aims to continue Gillon’s work of encouraging literary talent in memory of his beloved daughter.

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Our Aims

It is expected that the below will include the award of prizes, grants and scholarships, either in programmes developed by the trustees or in partnership with existing schemes.

To advance the education of the public in the subject of literature.

To promote the creative arts for the public benefit, especially literature, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry.

Our Projects

We expect to announce our joint sponsorship of an important literary prize in December.
Our first grant was made in October 2020 to the Brontë Parsonage Museum 
Details of future partnerships, schemes and grants will be posted here in due course.


About the Trust

The Charlotte Aitken Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission.

It is funded by money left for the purpose by the leading literary agent Gillon Aitken (1938-2016), formerly chairman of Aitken Alexander Associates, and is named in memory of his daughter Charlotte, who died in 2011 at the age of 27.

The Charlotte Aitken Trust was registered with the Charity Commission in January 2020.

It is actively considering applications. Details of its activities will be added to this site in due course.

Our Trustees

Sebastian Faulks CBE FRSL


Clare Alexander

Aitken Alexander Associates

Rachel Cugnoni

Vintage division,
Penguin Random House

Simon Murray, FCA