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

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.

We expect to award prizes, grants and scholarships, either in programmes developed by the trustees or in partnership with existing schemes.

Our Projects

Our first grant was made in October 2020 in support of the Brontë Society, which operates the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth, Yorkshire.

In May 2021, we were delighted to announce our support of a Young Vic/Headlong co-production, 'Best of Enemies', a new play by Olivier Award-winner James Graham ('Quiz', 'Labour of Love'), directed by Jeremy Herrin ('This House', 'People', 'Places and Things'.)  It is based on the debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the 1968 U.S. presidential elections.

The production opens in December 2021 and will run for two months.

On June 18, 2021 we announced that we are to become the main sponsor of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. We are doubling the prize money for this exceptional prize and are committed to sponsoring it for a minimum of three years, with an option to renew for a longer period.

Read the announcement here.

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About the Trust

The Charlotte Aitken Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission in January, 2020.

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.

Our Trustees

Sebastian Faulks CBE FRSL

Clare Alexander

Rachel Cugnoni

Simon Murray, FCA