The Charlotte Aitken Trust is dedicated to the support of literature, writing and reading. It is funded by the estate of the celebrated literary agent Gillon Aitken (1938-2016) in the name of his only daughter Charlotte, who died in 2011 at the age of 27.
Charlotte Aitken was the only child of the celebrated literary agent, Gillon Aitken. Charlotte’s sudden death in 2011, when she was only 27, deprived Gillon’s life of its central point. It was then that Gillon formed the idea to set up a philanthropic foundation in her name.
In the last two years of her life, Charlotte worked at Gillon’s agency and read widely across many genres. She was a highly valued and popular colleague.
We have forged partnerships with literary foundations, charities and award-giving bodies. Among our partners are the Arvon Foundation, First Story, the Forward Poetry Prize, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, The Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction and the Young Vic.