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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

Our first grant was made in October 2020 in support of the Brontë Society who operate the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth.

Rebecca Yorke, Head of Communications at the Brontë Society, said: “The generous donation by The Charlotte Aitken Trust is a very welcome boost to our fundraising. We are very grateful to the trustees as their support will ensure that we can continue to promote the Bronte legacy and support writers and artists working today.”

In May 2021 we were delighted to announce our support of a Young Vic / Headlong co-production entitled 'Best of Enemies', a new play by Olivier Award-winner James Graham (Quiz, Labour of Love), and directed by Jeremy Herrin (This House, People, Places and Things). 

Inspired by the documentary by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, which centres around the televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. during the 1968 United States presidential election. The production opens in December 2021 at the Young Vic and runs for two months, at a time when this renowned venue welcomes theatre makers and audiences back through their doors to create and experience live performance for the first time since October 2020.

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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, and is actively considering applications.

Our Trustees

Sebastian Faulks CBE FRSL

Chair

Clare Alexander

Chair,
Aitken Alexander Associates

Rachel Cugnoni

Publisher,
Vintage division,
Penguin Random House

Simon Murray, FCA