A.L. Kennedy on the Craft of the Short Story (V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2014)
A.L. Kennedy reads from her work, and explores the craft of the short story. The V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize is awarded for the best unpublished short story of the year.
Recorded on 11 November 2014.
“I began my literary career with short stories,” A.L. Kennedy wrote recently. “I banged together my first anthology … and a publisher actually inflicted it on a waiting world.” Since the publication of that first collection in 1990, Kennedy has produced five more – her most recent, All the Rage, published earlier this year – and six novels, including the Costa Prize-winning Day. The Sunday Telegraph has called Kennedy “one of the most brilliant writers of her generation” and her prose has been described in the Observer as “pure, full of tenderness and courage”. In conversation with Paula Johnson, who runs the RSL’s prizes, Kennedy reads from her work, and explores the craft of the short story. The V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize is awarded for the best unpublished short story of the year. After the announcement and presentation of the V.S. Pritchett Prize for 2014, the winning entry will be read by its author.
We are grateful to ALCS for supporting this event, to Christopher and Jennie Bland for sponsoring the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, and to Prospect for publishing the winning entry.