Other People (hell Is )

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01Strangers20160125

Acclaimed writer A L Kennedy muses on the hell that is other people, kicking off with strangers.

In Jean Paul Sartre's Play 'No Exit' one character declares, 'L'Enfer - c'est les autres' - hell is other people, and A L Kennedy has found herself very much behind this idea. As someone so unable to deal with other people that she works at home, making up imaginary friends, who even then don't always behave, she admits to not necessarily being the best person to dish out advice on relationships. However, in this series she wonders whether she's perhaps been a little harsh when it comes to 'other people'.

Today, she reveals why, despite being a solitary novelist with an existential fear of strangers, she has found herself hugging the odd one in the street.

Written and read by A L Kennedy, the award-winning novelist, dramatist and broadcaster.

Producer: Justine Willett.

02My Generation20160126

Acclaimed writer A L Kennedy muses on the hell that is other people, today looking at 'other generations'.

As someone so unable to deal with other people that she works at home, making up imaginary friends, who even then don't always behave, A L Kennedy admits to not necessarily being the best person to dish out advice on relationships. However, in this series she wonders whether she's perhaps been a little harsh when it comes to 'other people'.

Today, she contemplates the pitfalls of being old, young or something in between, and wonders why we're perhaps uneasiest of all with those of our own age.

Written and read by A L Kennedy, the award-winning novelist, dramatist and broadcaster.

Producer: Justine Willett.

03Friends20160127

Acclaimed writer A L Kennedy muses on the hell that is other people, today looking at friends.

As someone so unable to deal with other people that she works at home, making up imaginary friends, who even then don't always behave, A L Kennedy admits to not necessarily being the best person to dish out advice on relationships. However, in this series she wonders whether she's perhaps been a little harsh when it comes to 'other people'.

Today, she ponders friendship, which, as a happily solitary only child, was something she managed to put off for as long as was decently possible...

Written and read by A L Kennedy, the award-winning novelist, dramatist and broadcaster.

Producer: Justine Willett.

05Lovers20160129

Acclaimed writer A L Kennedy muses on the hell that is other people.

As someone so unable to deal with other people that she works at home, making up imaginary friends, who even then don't always behave, A L Kennedy admits to not necessarily being the best person to dish out advice on relationships. However, in this series she wonders whether she's perhaps been a little harsh when it comes to 'other people'.

Today she tackles fullscale, walking on sunshine, singing in the rain love - surely the most terrifying word of all that we associate with 'other people'.

Written and read by A L Kennedy, the award-winning novelist, dramatist and broadcaster.

Producer: Justine Willett.