Aidan Andrew Dun
Aidan Andrew Dun spent a fantastical childhood in the West Indies and knew his calling for poetry from an early age. He returned to London as a teenager to live with his inspirational grandmother, dancer Marie Rambert.
After many years travelling the world AAD was drawn back to London to explore the psychogeography of King’s X, magnet to other visionaries before him. Vale Royal (Goldmark, 1995), written and recited in the form of a quest, dreams of transforming an urban wasteland into a transcultural zone of canals at the heart of London. Vale Royal was launched to critical acclaim at the Royal Albert Hall and earned AAD the title Poet of Kings X.
In following years AAD has recited at the Royal Festival Hall, the Cheltenham, Ledbury and Swindon literary festivals. Launching his second epic poem Universal (Goldmark, 2002) he accomplished an American tour, reading in New York, Santa Fe and San Francisco, (City Lights Bookshop). AAD has read alongside David Gascoigne, Ben Okri, Iain Sinclair* and Andrew Motion. In 2008 he lectured at the British Library on 'The Kings Cross Mysteries'.
Numerous short (and some longer) poems have appeared in The London Magazine, English, The Cortland Review, The Salzburg Review, Tears in the Fence, Resurgence et al. In 2005 AAD undertook a special commission for the Wordsworth Trust. The Uninhabitable City (Goldmark) was published in 2005; Salvia Divinorum (Goldmark ) was launched 2007.
McCool, a verse-novel, is appearing from Goldmark February 3rd 2010.
*Sinclair, London psychogeographer of persuasive knowledge, has told the surreal story (in Lights Out for the Territory, in the chapter 'X marks the Spot') of Michael Goldmark's inspired last-minute decision to hire the Albert Hall in 1995 to launch the London epic, Vale Royal.