A. L. Kennedy

A L Kennedy. Credit: Geraint Lewis.

A.L. Kennedy was born in Dundee.

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 nine novels, six short story collections, three books of non-fiction and three 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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Richard T Kelly teaching a Faber Academy Writing a Novel class
Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Newcastle)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.



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