Alison Louise Kennedy is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction. She is known for a characteristically dark tone, a blending of realism and fantasy, and for her serious approach to her work. Alison Kennedy lives in Glasgow. She occasionally contributes columns and reviews to UK and European newspapers and writes essays for BBC radio. A. L. Kennedy is currently an Associate Professor in Creative Writing with Warwick University. Kennedy performs as a stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe, comedy clubs and literary festivals. She is principally associated with The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh. In 2007, she won a Lannan Literary Award, and in November she will receive an honorary DLitt degree from the University of Glasgow.