Happy Birthday, A.L. Kennedy, born 22 October 1965.
- What I would say to a young person trying to become a writer is ‘Don’t.’ It won’t make any difference because they’ll do it anyway, but they really shouldn’t.
- When you write, you’re trying to make something as beautiful as possible for someone you’ll never meet.
- Writing is very isolating. It takes a lot of time and, after a while, makes you quite unusual – and solitary. It doesn’t fit you very well for being around people.
- I don’t think that happiness is fatal. I think you have to write from some kind of joy…
- For any book I go through a research process that covers three years, so that I can know the people and have them constructed before I start working with them.
A.L. Kennedy (Alison Louise Kennedy) is a Scottish writer of six novels, five story collections, two books of non-fiction, and a book called On Writing. She has won a host of other awards, including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day.
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