Education University of Warwick
|Name A. Kennedy|
Citizenship United Kingdom
Movies Stella Does Tricks
|Born Alison Louise Kennedy
22 October 1965 (age 57)
Dundee, Scotland (1965-10-22) |
Awards Costa Book of the Year, Lannan Literary Award for Fiction
Nominations British Academy Television Craft Award for Best Digital Creativity
Books The Blue Book, Original bliss, Day, Now that you're back, Looking for the possible
Similar People Alasdair Gray, Meg Bateman, Edwin Morgan, Lottie Davies, Coky Giedroyc
A l kennedy with gill dennis 20 october 2010
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.
- A l kennedy with gill dennis 20 october 2010
- Life and work
- Awards and honours
- Short story collections
- Non fiction
- Selected radio
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.
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.
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.
Kennedy currently lives in London and has been an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick 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.