A. L. Kennedy with Gill Den­nis

Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber pm

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

A. L. Kennedy is the author of six nov­els, five short story col­lec­tions and two works of non­fic­tion. No one cap­tures the spirit of our times like Kennedy, with her dark hu­mor, poignant hope­ful­ness, and bril­liant rep­re­sen­ta­tion of con­tem­po­rary so­cial and spir­i­tual malaise. A. L. Kennedy’s most re­cent col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, shows us ex­actly what be­comes of the bro­ken-hearted. She re­veals the sad­ness, vi­o­lence, hurt and ter­ror, but also, the re­demp­tion of love—and she does so with the enor­mous hu­man com­pas­sion, wild leaps of hu­mor, and the bril­liantly orig­i­nal lin­guis­tic skill that dis­tin­guishes her as one of Bri­tain’s finest writ­ers. She also writes for ra­dio, theater, tele­vi­sion and film and oc­ca­sion­ally per­forms as a stand-up co­me­dian. has said, “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.” She lives in Glas­gow and is a part-time lec­turer in cre­ative writ­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of St. An­drews.

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