A.L. Kennedy

Tips for Existence
‘I just like the idea of words creating a unity’

A.L. Kennedy
Tips for Existence Episode 15
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A.L. Kennedy is a hugely acclaimed, and multiple award winning, author from Scotland. She has won a variety of UK and international book awards, including a Lannan Award, the Costa Prize, The Heinrich Heine Preis, the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rees Prize. She has also twice been included on the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list. In her career she was written novels, short story collections, non fiction and books for children. She is very politically active and she shines through in much of her work. She’s also written for the stage, screen and radio and also occasionally performs as a stand up comic. Her latest collection of stories is We Are Attempting to Survive Our Time which is out now.


Once the meaning of it all was simple, if at times also cruel and/or barbaric. The Universe was made by a god, sometimes omnipotent, sometimes fractious, sometimes both. Now, as we explore the Universe and start to explain ourselves, the Universe has started to lose it single meaning and we have to find individual meanings ourselves. This is Tips for Existence where Robin Ince talks to cosmologists, composers, astronauts and authors about what gives them meaning.
Clips included in the show: The Little Snake readingHard Travel performed by Bob Dylan, Permanent Sunshine performed by Scott Reid, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dr Phibes Rises Again clip, clip from Dead of Night, Doctor Who, Jaws scene, clip from Cyrano De Bergerac, scene from It’s a SinBabylon 5 opening theme, Thomas Lynch: The Poet and Undertaker

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