A. L. Kennedy

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A. L. Kennedy
A. L. Kennedy (3).jpg
Kennedy in 2012
Born Alison Louise Kennedy
(1965-10-22) 22 October 1965 (age 51)
Dundee, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Citizenship United Kingdom

Alison Louise "A. L." Kennedy (born 22 October 1965) is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction, and a stand-up comedian. She is known for her characteristically dark tone, a blending of realism and fantasy, and for her serious approach to her work. She contributes columns and reviews to European newspapers.

Life and work[edit]

Kennedy was born in Dundee and attended the fee-paying High School of Dundee. Her father, a psychology lecturer, and her mother, a teacher, divorced when she was 13. She has a degree in theatre studies and drama from the University of Warwick.[1][2]

In 2009, she donated the short story Vanish to Oxfam's 'Ox-Tales' project, four collections of stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the 'Air' collection.[3]

Kennedy currently lives in London and is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick,[4] having previously taught creative writing at the University of St Andrews. She has performed as a stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe and literary festivals. Her main comedy club has been The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]



Short story collections[edit]



Selected radio[edit]

  • Confessions of a Medium (2010), broadcast as the Saturday Play on BBC Radio 4, 13 March 2010 and 1 March 2013[10]
  • Happy Families (2011), broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 1 September 2011
  • Love Love Love Like The Beatles (2012), broadcast as the Afternoon Drama on BBC Radio 4, 26 June 2012
  • AA: America's Gift to the World (2014), broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 6 April 2015.[11]


  1. ^ Fox, Genevieve (5 August 2011). "AL Kennedy: interview". The Daily Telegraph. 
  2. ^ "BBC Two – Writing Scotland – AL Kennedy". BBC. September 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ The Spectator 1 July 2009 , "Telling Tales"
  4. ^ "AL Kennedy" Archived 17 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine., Courses, Creative Writing, Staff, University of Warwick
  5. ^ "AL Kennedy: interview", Daily Telegraph, 5 August 2011
  6. ^ A.L. Kennedy. "Encore". Encoreaward.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Literatur-Staatspreis an Britin verliehen". ORF Salzburg (Austrian Broadcasting Company). 27 July 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2008. 
  8. ^ Brown, Mark (23 January 2008). "Perfect Day for AL Kennedy as she takes Costa book prize". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  9. ^ Alison Flood (13 June 2014). "Frank O'Connor prize shortlist pits 'masters' against first-timers". The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama, Confessions of a Medium". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - AA: America's Gift to the World". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 

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