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False Nostalgia / Giramondo / 2016

Posted on Jan 20, 2020
False Nostalgia / Giramondo / 2016

Aden’s debut publication, False Nostalgia, combines poetry and essay to explore the intersection of memory, narrative and identity. Published by Giramondo, the book received the 2017 Mary Gilmore Award and was named by Mascara the best avant-garde poetry book of 2016. False Nostalgia received support for False Nostalgia from the Australia Council, in the form of a […]

Like a Writing Desk / ABC RN / 2014

Posted on Jan 23, 2014
Like a Writing Desk / ABC RN / 2014

Like a Writing Desk is a dark comedy about the power of myth and the failure of ego. It’s also about crows. And ravens. Written and co-directed by Aden, this radio mockumentary features the talents of Marcus Graham (Home and Away, Mulholland Drive), Zoe Carides (Mystery Road, Not Suitable for Children) and Mitchell Butel (South […]

New Work – Emerging Writers grant / Australia Council for the Arts / 2013

Posted on Aug 5, 2012
New Work – Emerging Writers grant / Australia Council for the Arts / 2013

Aden was recently awarded an Australia Council grant to write a new comedy work for radio, ‘A Thoroughly Wet Mess’, in 2013. Dealing with the unsolved mystery of the Mary Celeste – the archetypal ghost ship – the final work will be a production-ready script for a one-hour radioplay. The Literature Board selected Aden’s project […]

JUMP Mentorship / Australia Council for the Arts / 2013

Posted on Aug 5, 2012
JUMP Mentorship / Australia Council for the Arts / 2013

Aden is the recipient of a JUMP mentorship from the Australia Council, to work on False Nostalgia, a poetry and poetics work about memory, narrative and identity, working with mentor Ross Gibson. Aden has also been awarded the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry from Varuna, the Writers’ House, for this project. JUMP Mentorships are administered by […]

Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship / Varuna / 2013

Posted on Aug 4, 2012
Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship / Varuna / 2013

Aden has been awarded the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry in 2013 to work on his project ‘Anamnesis’, exploring the concept of false nostalgia. The fellowship is administered by Varuna and provides for a three-week residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House, in Katoomba, NSW.

Judith Wright Poetry Prize / 2008, 2009, 2011

Posted on Jul 26, 2012
Judith Wright Poetry Prize / 2008, 2009, 2011

Aden was commended for the 2011 Judith Wright Poetry Prize for his poems “Ungainly” and “Mountainousness”. These poems will be collected in a “new and emerging poets” anthology and published by Overland later in 2012. Judged by Peter Minter from a pool of 500-odd entries, this is the third time Aden has been commended for this prize. Aden […]

Small Wonder / Spineless Wonders / 2012

Posted on Jul 24, 2012
Small Wonder / Spineless Wonders / 2012

Aden’s poem, “The End of Things”, was shortlisted for Spineless Wonders’ Small Wonder prose poem and microfiction competition, judged by joanne burns. The poem was subsequently published in the Small Wonder anthology, and was described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “visionary”. A number of poems in the collection were recorded by the poets and are available […]

The Best Australian Poems 2011 / Black Inc. / 2011

Posted on Mar 20, 2012
The Best Australian Poems 2011 / Black Inc. / 2011

Aden’s poem, “How we tell stories about ourselves”, was selected for The Best Australian Poems 2011 as one of the most vigorous, varied and interesting poems of the year. Edited by celebrated poet John Tranter, this sparkling anthology shines a light on the phantasmagorical nature of poetry, evoking images, transformations and events that range from […]

The Best Australian Poetry 2009 / UQP / 2009

Posted on Mar 6, 2012
The Best Australian Poetry 2009 / UQP / 2009

Previously published in Overland (issue 193, 2008), Aden’s poem, “We Watched the Waves”, was selected for the final instalment in UQP’s Best Australian Poetry series. In this collection of 40 poems, guest editor Alan Wearne brings his long experience as a poet and teacher of poetry and a sharp eye for the surprising to celebrate […]

Young Playwrights’ Award / Sydney Theatre Company / 2000

Posted on Jan 6, 2012
Young Playwrights’ Award / Sydney Theatre Company / 2000

Aden’s first foray into performance writing earned him the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights’ Award for “The Job”, a one-act satire of the gangster genre, set in a public urinal. “The Job” was staged at The Wharf by director Benedict Andrews, featuring Bruce Spence and Arky Michael, with dramaturgy by Adam Macaulay.