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Strangers

Writer AL Kennedy reveals why, despite her existential fear of them, she has taken to hugging the odd stranger in the street.

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.

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15 minutes

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Mon 5 Jun 2017 22:45

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