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 53)
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 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 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 clb has been The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh.[5]

Awards and honours



Short story collections



Selected radio

  • 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "BBC Two – Writing Scotland – AL Kennedy". BBC. September 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. The Spectator 1 July 2009 , "Telling Tales"
  4. "AL Kennedy", 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Literatur-Staatspreis an Britin verliehen". ORF Salzburg (Austrian Broadcasting Company). 27 July 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Brown, Mark (23 January 2008). "Perfect Day for AL Kennedy as she takes Costa book prize". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 January 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Alison Flood (13 June 2014). "Frank O'Connor prize shortlist pits 'masters' against first-timers". The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama, Confessions of a Medium". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 1 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "BBC Radio 4 - AA: America's Gift to the World". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 11 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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