“Alison Kennedy opens the door of her sepulchral flat in Glasgow, head bowed and muttering incomprehensibly. She is round-shouldered, blue-jeaned and bare-faced… small, hunched person.”
Julia Llewellyn Smith – The Times
“Her wit is pretty deadpan which has led some critics to take seriously comments about her personal life which are deeply ironic. Worse, it has led others to make glib connections between the characters in her book and her own personality.”
Stuart Kelly – Scotland on Sunday
“assertive, well-timed and pretty damn funny”
"The Blue Book" will be out as a paperback at some point in August and we'll let you have a look at the new cover as soon as possible.
We don't want to give too much away at this point, but we can say that "The Blue Book" is a love story and involves a fake medium.
And hello to all those of you who find it tautological to put the word fake in front of the word medium.
More will be revealed later, as they say, and meanwhile you can go to this link http://www.lannan.org/lf/rc/event/a-l-kennedy/ to hear ALK reading from the novel and chatting in Santa Fe with those very nice Lannan Foundation people.
As some of you may know 2011 was a slightly bumpy ride and ALK was ill for quite a while, but 2012 is mainly back on track and as stupidly busy as ever.
"Are You Inexperienced" - a series of radio talks has already gone out on Radio Three, along with a drama written for The Wire slot entitled "That I Should Rise" and starring the very splendid Harriet Walter and Tim Mcinnerny. Another drama, "Love Love Love Like The Beatles" was broadcast on Radio Four with the entirely excellent Amelia Bullmore and Bill Nighy. Both dramas were selected for podcasting and if we knew what that meant we would be impressed. More dramas are brewing and we'll let you know when they arrive.
The Radio Scotland sitcom "Laverloch Findo Speaks" with Barbara Rafferty and Andy Gray, among others - the others including ALK - should get a repeat on Radio Four Extra at some point.
We can also announce a new German publisher Hanser and a new US publisher Amazon - yes, that Amazon - which is all very exciting and will mean some extra touring here and there. The launch of the German edition of The Blue Book is already planned for this autumn.
In 2013 an anthology bringing together the Guardian blogs and essays and lectures on writing will appear. It will be called, unsurprisingly, "On Writing" and you'll see the cover over to left here. A book of short stories will emerge in 2014 and a novel is planned thereafter.
The WORDS show still hasn't quite retired yet and it recently had an outing in Leuven which all concerned enjoyed enormously.