Preview: AL Kennedy at Book Festival 2015
Author to discuss her career up to the present day and writing the latest Doctor Who novel
This article is from 2015.
Discussing her hugely successful career, two-time Granta Best Young British Novelist AL Kennedy will be a big draw at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, particularly given her recent commission to write Doctor Who novels – another feather in a cap that includes lecturing and stand-up comedy as well as novel writing.
Since first appearing at Edinburgh in 1993, Kennedy has found the Edinburgh audience one that really cares about books. ‘A few festivals are courting TV and heavy corporate investment,’ she says. ‘As a result, they're full of fake debates, artificially induced shouting and people who can't walk about in public without a PA standing next to them.’ Describing Edinburgh as a ‘real’ festival, she says it is ‘still a place where people who think can go and be with other people who think, who are interested in the world, who want to learn and who like people – all the good stuff you don't get from the mass media.'
The big question, of course, is how she’s been getting on with the Who novel. ‘It was slightly more fun and far more nostalgic than most of my writing – and I don't usually work with existing characters,’ she says. ‘But otherwise, much the same.’
Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 18 Aug, 1.30pm, £10 (£8).