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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 was Writer in Residence for Hamilton and East Kilbride Social Work Department and won the 1990 Social Work Today Award.

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, and has been a member of the Management Committee since 1998.

She was editor of New Writing Scotland (1993-5) and was Writer in Residence at Copenhagen University in 1995. She reviews for The Scotsman, the Glasgow Herald and the Daily Telegraph, is a contributor to the Guardian, and 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.

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 Bookennedy_alk 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'.

Other short story collections include Now That You're Back (1994) and Original Bliss (1997), and her novels include: Looking for the Possible Dance (1993), which centres on a young Scottish woman's relationships with her father, her lover and her employer; So I Am Glad (1995), winner of the Encore Award, which focuses on the trauma of child sexual abuse and its consequences in adulthood; and Everything You Need (1999), the story of a middle-aged writer living on a remote island and his attempt to build a relationship with his estranged daughter.


She wrote the screenplay to the BFI/Channel 4 film Stella Does Tricks, released in 1998, and edited New Writing 9 (2000) with John Fowles, published in the UK by Vintage in association with the British Council. Her book of short stories, Indelible Acts, was published in 2002.

A. L. Kennedy lives and works in Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2003 she was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. Her latest novel is Day (2007), won the 2007 Costa Book of the Year Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year.

Bibliography

Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains   Polygon, 1990

Looking for the Possible Dance   Secker & Warburg, 1993

Now That You're Back   Cape, 1994

Last Things First - New Writing Scotland 13: Part of the 1995 Scottish Book Fortnight Promotion   (co-editor with Jim McGonigal and Meg Bateman)   Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1995

So I Am Glad   Cape, 1995

Tea and Biscuits   Phoenix, 1996

Original Bliss   Cape, 1997

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp   British Film Institute, 1997

Everything You Need   Cape, 1999

On Bullfighting   Yellow Jersey Press, 1999

New Writing 9   (editor with John Fowles)   Vintage, 2000

Indelible Acts   Cape, 2002

Paradise   Cape, 2004

Day   Cape, 2007

Prizes and awards

1990   Social Work Today Award

1991   Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize   Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains

1991   Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award   Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains

1991   Scottish Arts Council Book Award   Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains

1993   Scottish Arts Council Book Award   Looking for the Possible Dance

1993   Somerset Maugham Award   Looking for the Possible Dance

1994   Scottish Arts Council Book Award   Now That You're Back

1995   Encore Award   So I Am Glad

1995   McVitie's Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year   (shortlist)   So I Am Glad

1995   Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award   So I Am Glad

1995   Scottish Arts Council Book Award   So I Am Glad

1999   Scottish Arts Council Book Award   Everything You Need

2004   Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award   (shortlist)   Paradise

2007   Costa Book of the Year Award   Day

2007   Costa Novel Award   Day

2007   Lannan Literary Award (Fiction)

2007   Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award   Day

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