Readings from A. L. Kennedy have been highlights of our previous Summer Schools, and so we were particularly excited to be hearing from this esteemed and prolific writer on this mild mid-August eve. Expectations were deservedly high, and Kennedy surpassed these with grace and good humour, reading from All the Rage, her recently published collection of short stories, before answering questions from students.
As anyone who has heard Kennedy speak will know, it takes very little prompting for this effortlessly articulate speaker to commence regalement. And so we were entertained, educated, and absolutely enthralled as Kennedy spoke on the maudlin public images of creative people, the desperate need to improve prison libraries, and the often mystifying decisions made by those designing her book covers!
Kennedy stayed long into the evening to talk to students and sign books, and was even happy to pose for a few photographs! Linden and I were all too happy to take advantage of this…
A. L. Kennedy is just one of the marvellous authors who come to speak to our students at SUISS. This year we also hosted (in order of appearance!) Rodge Glass, James Robertson, Liz Lochhead, Michael Pedersen, Zoë Strachan, Robert Crawford, Anne Donovan, and David Greig.