For Press and Writers

For Press


A.L. Kennedy has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards, including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She lives in London and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at the University of Warwick.

A.L. Kennedy was born in a small Scottish town far too long ago and has written books for adults and children, but mainly adults. Before that she made up stories to amuse herself. It has always surprised her that her job involves doing one of the things she loves most and she’s very grateful to be a writer. She has won awards for her books in several countries. She has travelled all over the world and enjoyed it immensely. She plays the banjo badly, but makes up for this by never playing it anywhere near anyone else.



For Writers

We’ll assume you’re reading this section because you are interested in writing… or you want to write or something in that area. Thank you for visiting – one way or another you are therefore the future of literature. Well done.

Since the upgrade of the website and the publication of On Writing, this area of the site has changed. We can’t really post up material that Jonathan Cape now wants you to buy, or borrow from a library, or steal from a bookshop. or borrow from a friend. (That’s nice – you have a friend. You’re sure you’re a writer?) In fact, Jonathan Cape probably only want you to buy the book… And after that, Vintage will want you to buy the paperback… So the content is available in book form, rather than here. Sorry.

Apart from… possibly the most useful content, which is about REWRITING and represents contributions from a number of writers who gave freely of their time, so that you should use yours more wisely. Writers will do that for if they know you’re serious about the craft you share. So enjoy.

And new content will be generated as time goes by and meanwhile, you can check the On Writing blog that ALK does for The Guardian online.

If you would like there to be an essay here about a specific area, please do – we meant it – get in touch and one may well eventually appear. EMAIL DEPT 5 Meanwhile, good luck with the work.