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Adam Aitken (1960 – )

Adam Aitken, Annandale NSW, early 1980s, photo by John Tranter Adam Aitken, Annandale NSW, early 1980s, photo by John Tranter

Adam Aitken was born in London, England, in 1960, to an Anglo-Australian father and a Thai mother. He spent his childhood in South-east Asia, before migrating to Australia where he graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982. He was a co-editor of the poetry magazine P76, named after a failed Leyland car model, and for a time was associate poetry editor for Heat magazine. He has traveled widely, visiting Thailand, Malaysia, and Cambodia; his experiences overseas continue to inform his poetry.

Aitken published his first collection, Letter to Marco Polo, in 1985. He has since published five further poetry collections, and his poems and short fiction have also been published widely in anthologies and literary journals. For some years he has taught creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Poetry Collections
  • Letter to Marco Polo Sydney Island Press 1985
  • In One House (Sydney: Angus and Robertson and HarperCollins, 1996).
  • Crossing Lake Toba (Cambridge: Salt, 1998).
  • Romeo and Juliet in Subtitles: Poems (Rose Bay, NSW: Brandl and Schlesinger, 2000).
  • Impermanence.com (Newtown: Vagabond Press, 2004).
  • Eighth Habitation (Artarmon, NSW: Giramondo Publishing, 2009).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Adam Aitken, Adam in Cambodia [weblog], online, http://adamaitken.blogspot.com/.
  • Adam Aitken, ‘An Essay on Fashion,’ Heat no.20 (2009), pp. 121–38.
  • Ivor Indyk, ‘A Question of Voice,’ Australian Book Review no.183 (1996), p. 56.
  • Nicholas Jose, ‘Adam Aitken,’ Australian Writers 1975–2000 (Detroit: Gale Research Co., 2006), pp. 10–15.
  • Fiona Probyn, ‘Adam Aitken: Second Degree Native Informant’, Meanjin 60.2 (2001), pp.131– 42.
  • Dipti Savanamuttu, ‘Songs of Place,’ Southerly 57.1 (1997), pp. 211–14.
  • Ouyang Yu, ‘Reflecting a Culture of Convergence,’ Overland no.154 (1999), pp. 46–50.