Thursday, 23 March 2006

The furriness of words

The last in the "Scottish writers" series of lunch-time meetings organised by Scotland House and the British Council brought us the wonderful A. L. Kennedy, author of "Paradise". She originally trained in drama and now does stand-up comedy, among other things, so it should not have been a surprise that she was extremely entertaining - a good flavour of her self-deprecating sense of humour can be had from the FAQ on her website.
She said she loved "the furriness of words" in response to a question about (I think!) how she imagines her readers, noting that when she writes about a table, she will see her table and the reader will see his or her table but the fact that they are different tables is no barrier to the conveying of a story, which the reader effectively co-creates by bringing his or her own experience to bear on the words on the page.
"Paradise" is written from the point of view of an alcoholic woman, Hannah - everyone thinks all the Scots are alcoholic anyway, says Kennedy, but really it's only 90%... Some people see paradise as a man and a woman in a garden with some fruit... For Hannah it is "an untouched bottle and the man who loves me, the man I love."


At 24/3/06 07:21, Blogger Green said...

Paradise sounds interesting. I hope there is a Japanese translation, I can read much faster than English.
I thought there are more alcoholic in Ireland than Scotland....

At 27/3/06 22:25, Blogger Anirudh Karnick said...

I went to the lady's website and I love her quote on prizes. It's something I completely agree with. And it seems you like Suitable Boy too. Yay!


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