A level English Literature and English Language and Literature students were treated to a visit to the college in December by the author A.L. Kennedy. A Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction, she is known for her characteristically dark tone, a blending of realism and fantasy, and for her serious approach to her work.

She has also worked as a stand-up comedian, so naturally was very entertaining, as she informed students about the frustrating, protracted process of writing for film and the satisfaction of writing for radio.

“A.L. Kennedy’s visit was an absolute delight,” enthused English Teacher Kathy Miller; “Her dedication to her work resonated throughout her talk and students were made aware what commitment is required to be successful. She is currently Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick, having previously taught creative writing at the University of St Andrews. Our students were very lucky to meet her.”

A Level English Language and Literature student, Darcy Grimes said. “It was great to hear about someone who is actually in the spotlight and a professional writer. She was very inspiring and amusing at the same time.”

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