A. L. Kennedy

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A. L. Kennedy
A.L. Kennedy in 2012
A.L. Kennedy in 2012
BornAlison Louise Kennedy
(1965-10-22) 22 October 1965 (age 53)
Dundee, Scotland
OccupationWriter, academic, comedian
NationalityScottish
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Warwick
Website
www.a-l-kennedy.co.uk

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

Life and work[edit]

Kennedy was born 22 October 1965 in Dundee to Edwardene Mildred, a teacher, and Robert Alan Kennedy, a psychology lecturer. Her parents divorced when she was 13. She attended the fee-paying High School of Dundee and went on to study for a BA Hons in Theatre Studies and Dramatic Arts at the University of Warwick.[1][2][3]

From 1980 to 1989 Kennedy was a community arts worker for Clydebank District Council. She then went on to a role as Writer-In-Residence for Hamilton and East Kilbride Social Work Department from 1989 to 1991. From 1989 to 1995 she worked on Project Ability, a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation. In 1995 she was a part-time lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.[3][4]

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.[5] In 2016, her novel Serious Sweet was long listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Kennedy currently lives in London and has been an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick[6] since 2007, having previously taught creative writing at the University of St Andrews from 2003 to 2007. 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.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Looking for the Possible Dance (1993) ISBN 978-0-7493-9758-6
  • So I Am Glad (1995) ISBN 978-0-09-945721-3
  • Everything You Need (1999) ISBN 978-0-09-973061-3
  • Paradise (2004) ISBN 978-0-09-943349-1
  • Day (5 April 2007) ISBN 978-0-09-949405-8
  • The Blue Book (4 August 2011) ISBN 978-0-224-09140-4
  • Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse (14 July 2015) ISBN 978-0-553-41944-3
  • Serious Sweet (19 May 2016) ISBN 978-0-224-09844-1
  • The Little Snake (6 November 2018) ISBN 978-1786893864

Short story collections[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

Screenwriting[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[18]
  • 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.[19]

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b Who's Who 2016. London: A&C Black. 2015. p. 1266. ISBN 978-1-472-90470-6.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g International Who's Who of Women 2014 (9th ed.). Abingdon: Routledge. 2014. p. 545. ISBN 9781857436945.
  5. ^ The Spectator 1 July 2009 , "Telling Tales"
  6. ^ "AL Kennedy" Archived 17 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine., Courses, Creative Writing, Staff, University of Warwick
  7. ^ "AL Kennedy: interview", Daily Telegraph, 5 August 2011
  8. ^ "Granta Best Young British Novelists 2003". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  9. ^ a b c "Somerset Maugham past winners". www.societyofauthors.org. The Society of Authors. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  10. ^ "HISTORY | Borderline Theatre Company". www.borderlinetheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  11. ^ A.L. Kennedy. "Encore". Encoreaward.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  12. ^ "A L Kennedy wins Saltire award". HeraldScotland. Herald and Times Group. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  13. ^ "Literatur-Staatspreis an Britin verliehen". ORF Salzburg (Austrian Broadcasting Company). 27 July 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2008.
  14. ^ Brown, Mark (23 January 2008). "Perfect Day for AL Kennedy as she takes Costa book prize". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  15. ^ "1. Internationaler Eifel-Literatur-Preis 2008 am 08.06.2008 in Bitburg". www.eifel-literatur-festival.de. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  16. ^ Alison Flood (13 June 2014). "Frank O'Connor prize shortlist pits 'masters' against first-timers". The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  17. ^ Acceptance speech, 11.12.2016 in Düsseldorf
  18. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama, Confessions of a Medium". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  19. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - AA: America's Gift to the World". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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