Are You Inexperienced?

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012012060820150201 (R4)

Novelist and stand-up performer AL Kennedy relates some of the hapless events that befell her whilst trying to complete her latest book in the USA. Secreted away in a wooden cabin in deepest Connecticut, she finds that she has to contend with noisy woodpeckers that mistake her temporary home for a tasty tree. Later, upon returning to the States from Canada by train, she encounters suspicious US immigration officials who struggle to grasp the fact that she doesn't fly, and arrived in the States by boat.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

022012061520150208 (R4)

Novelist and stand-up performer AL Kennedy relates some of the hapless events that befell her whilst trying to complete her latest book in the USA. Secreted away in a wooden cabin in deepest Connecticut, she finds that she has to contend with noisy woodpeckers that mistake her temporary home for a tasty tree. Later, upon returning to the States from Canada by train, she encounters suspicious US immigration officials who struggle to grasp the fact that she doesn't fly, and arrived in the States by boat.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

AL Kennedy on the warmth of the reception she met on a slow train across to California.

032012062220150215 (R4)

AL Kennedy draws a surprising comparison when she visits luxury hotel Chateau Marmont.

For many people, California's Chateau Marmont is a byword for luxury. But when the writer and stand-up performer AL Kennedy visits, in the course of desperately trying to finish her latest novel, she's all too aware of the great and the good who've undone themselves there, from Jim Belushi to Jim Morrison and Helmut Newton. For her, it's more akin to the Overlook Hotel in Kubrick's horror film, The Shining.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

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For many people, California's Chateau Marmont is a byword for luxury. But when the writer and stand-up performer AL Kennedy visits, in the course of desperately trying to finish her latest novel, she's all too aware of the great and the good who've undone themselves there, from Jim Belushi to Jim Morrison and Helmut Newton. For her, it's more akin to the Overlook Hotel in Kubrick's horror film, The Shining.

Producer: Mark Smalley.