Adam Aitken i(320 works by) (a.k.a. Adam Alexander Patrick Aitken)
Born: Established: 1960 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1969
AustLit is a subscription service. The content and services available here are limited because you have not been recognised as a subscriber. Find out how to gain full access to AustLit


Adam Aitken's childhood was spent in Thailand and Malaysia as the son of a Thai mother and an Anglo-Australian father. After graduating from Sydney University in 1982, he co-edited the garage literary journal P76, then returned to Thailand with the intention of immersing himself in the culture and language of his relatives. This experience resulted in the collection of poetry Letter To Marco Polo (1985). He has also reviewed literary works and frequently performed his work at festivals in Australia and overseas. He joined the Poet's Union in 1985 and also served as associate poetry editor for Heat. His work was read on Radio 2RSR in 1984 and he read at the Adelaide Writers Festival in 1982 and at 'Writers in the Park', Harold Park Hotel, Sydney, in 1986.

Aitken was the recipient of a Varuna Writers Residency in 1995 and his second poetry collection, In One House, was chosen three times as Best Book of 1996 in the review pages of The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. He was also a recipient of an Asialink writers residency for Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia (1998). For five weeks in 1999 Aitken was Visiting Scholar and Creative Writing Tutor in poetry and poetics in the Department of English and European Languages, University of Tasmania. Aitken's poetry and short fiction have been published widely in anthologies and literary journals.


  • Author writes in these languages: ENGLISH

Awards for Works

Eighth Habitation 2009 selected work poetry Eighth Habitation takes its name from the Buddhist notion of purgatory, a mystic realm where the meaning of human lives are judged. The poems inhabit a range of landscapes and perspectives, in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and China, with an empathy and understanding that suggests a consciousness imbued with an Asian sensibility. Blending the cosmopolitan, the traditional and the unexpected, in their accumulation of detail they register the dignity and resilience of a world recovering from personal tragedy and the trauma of history. -- Publisher's blurb
2010 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) John Bray Award for Poetry
To a Runner Dressed in Black : (Waverley Cemetery) "I lean on my spade in Death's own electorate:", Five Bells , February vol. 5 no. 1 Romeo and Juliet in Subtitles : Poems , 1998 single work poetry
1997 joint winner Australian Sports Poet Award Open Section Award shared with Myron Lysenko, Winning and Losing
Last amended 12 Feb 2015 17:28:16
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: