A. L. Kennedy

Dundee-born novelist and Costa Book of the Year Award winner...

22/10/1965 -

A. L. Kennedy biography and information

  • Novelist and short-story writer A(lison) L(ouise) Kennedy was born in Dundee, Scotland on 22 October 1965. She studied English and Drama at Warwick University where she began writing dramatic monologues and short stories. 

  • She has worked for the arts and special needs charity Project Ability since 1989, first as Writer in Residence (1989-95), then as editor of Outside Lines magazine.

  • She has been a judge for both the Booker Prize for Fiction (1996) and The Guardian First Book Award (2001). She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000.

  • In 2003 she was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. She won the Costa Book of the Year in 2007 with Day.

Book and Writing Awards

Her first book, Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains (1990), a bleak collection of short stories set in Scotland, won several awards including the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award. In 1993 she was named as one of Granta magazine's 20 Best of Young British Novelists (2).

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