A. L. Kennedy

A. L. Kennedy

A.L. Kennedy in 2012
Born Alison Louise Kennedy
(1965-10-22) 22 October 1965
Dundee, Scotland
Occupation Writer, academic, comedian
Nationality Scottish
Citizenship United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Warwick

Alison Louise "A. L." Kennedy (born 22 October 1965) is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction, academic and 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

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]

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



Short story collections



Selected radio


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  2. "BBC Two – Writing Scotland – AL Kennedy". BBC. September 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  3. 1 2 Who's Who 2016. London: A&C Black. 2015. p. 1266. ISBN 978-1-472-90470-6.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 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. 1 2 3 "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. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  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. "BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama, Confessions of a Medium". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  18. "BBC Radio 4 - AA: America's Gift to the World". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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