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Adam Aitken

Adam Aitken was born in London and lives in Sydney. He spent his early childhood in Thailand and Malaysia. He has been a recipient of the Australia Council Paris Studio Residency, and was Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of Hawai’i Manoa. He co-edited the Contemporary Asian Australian Poets anthology (Puncher & Wattmann). His memoir One Hundred Letters Home (Vagabond Press) was published in 2016 and was listed for the ALS Gold Medal. Archipelago was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2018. He received the Patrick White Award in 2021. He teaches Creative Writing. His latest book is Revenants.



Adam Aitken

Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published February 2022
ISBN 9781925818932

Revenants is a collection of poems that spans four geo-cultural spaces – Asia, Sydney, Hawai’i, and now France, which has become the author’s second home.

Eighth Habitation

Adam Aitken

144 pages
Paperback, 21 x 15 cm
Published April 2009
ISBN 9781920882464

Eighth Habitation takes its name from the Buddhist notion of purgatory, a mystic realm where the meaning of a human life is judged.

The poems inhabit a range of landscapes and perspectives, in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, China and Australia, with an empathy and understanding that suggests a consciousness imbued with an Asian sensibility.

Blending the traditional, the cosmopolitan and the unexpected in their observation of detail, the poems register the dignity and resilience of a world recovering from personal tragedy and the trauma of history.