AL Kennedy

22 Mar

Last Tuesday we had our last guest writer, although Janice is going to do a guest slot for us, and we have an agent and editor coming on Saturday. 

I’m a big fan of Alison Kennedy’s work and it is obvious that she puts every ounce of her being into it.  She did an hour long lesson in character with us, then we spent time talking about her research for her book ‘Day’ and her new novel ‘The Blue Book’.  Both sound really fascinating, and are on my increasing long reading list.  I think I’ve mentioned before that my feelings of being reasonably well-read have been totally debunked, and I now feel like I’ve lots of catching up to do. 

One of the things that has struck me over the course is the recurring themes – not just in the ‘this is how I write’ category, but also in  ‘this is what I read’.  George Orwell and Raymond Carver come up time and again as masters among masters, and while I had read 1984 and Animal Farm at school I’ve not given Orwell a grown-up read.  I also have to admit to never having read Carver until this course, where we took our time over ‘Cathedral’.  Definitely one for the birthday list.


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