Biography and Photos

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A.L.Kennedy was born in Dundee. She lived for almost 30 years in Glasgow and now stays in North Essex. She has won a variety of UK and international book awards, including a Lannan Award, the Costa Prize, The Heinrich Heine Preis, the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rees Prize. She has twice been included on the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list. She has written 9 novels, 6 short story collections, 3 books of non fiction and 3 books for children. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Akademie der Kunst. She also writes for the stage, screen, TV and has created an extensive body of radio work including documentaries, monologues, dramas and essays. She also performs occasionally in one person shows and as a stand up comic.

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A.L. Kennedy was raised by wolves in an otherwise hostile environment and is haunted by a host of reliably monetised demons. She speaks no languages and communicates via an albino boa constrictor called Frank. She now lives in a hovel under a heap of scavenged rags or in a palatial underground lair, equipped with a range of fascinating objects garnered from her extensive travels, along with a plethora of up-to-date gadgets which allow her to boil eggs/harness the power of asteroids/make bad coffee at the snap of a finger. She is angry/tormented/hilarious/deformed/ barely female/a womanly role model. Her personal life is intensely personal. Or not. She exhibits a range of habits without which it would be impossible to write, owns a Mont Blanc pen which she keeps under her pillow and has hand-pressed paper formed from Colonsay seaweed delivered to her house weekly for notes, sketches, shopping lists and lapidary reflections upon the many facets of reality. She wears clothes and shoes. She has hair, eyes and skin. She fed wolves by hand on the occasion of her 50th birthday.

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These photos are by Campbell Mitchell – he can be contacted at

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