(born 1962)

A L Kennedy

'There are few things more satisfying than a compliment directed to one's teeth.'
('Looking for the Possible Dance')

Alison Kennedy was born in Dundee and now lives in Glasgow. That she is a remarkable writer was clear from her first collection of short stories, 'Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains' (1990), which in 1991 won the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Saltire First Book Award. Her arresting first novel, 'Looking for the Possible Dance '(1993), confirmed her as a fearlessly original voice; the same year, she was selected as one of the Twenty Best of Young British Novelists. Another short story collection, 'Now That You're Back' (1994), was followed by' So I Am Glad' (1995), at once satire, allegory and love story; it was joint-winner of the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. She also wrote the screenplay for the BFI/ Channel 4 film, 'Stella Does Tricks' (1996). A L Kennedy's probing of the shadow continues in 'Original Bliss' (1997). On the publication of her third novel, 'Everything You Need' (1999), the London Review of Books proclaimed her as 'a virtuoso of prose'.

A L Kennedy

A L Kennedy, Edinburgh, 2001.

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