Kerry Hudson – Lowborn
Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. Twenty years later, Kerry’s life is unrecognisable. She’s a prizewinning novelist who has travelled the world.
Lowborn is Kerry’s exploration of where she came from, revisiting the towns she grew up in to try to discover what being poor really means in Britain today and whether anything has changed. She also journeys into the hardest regions of her own childhood, because sometimes in order to move forward we first have to look back. Read more
Kerry will be joined by conversation by Lynn Enright, a Dublin-born, London-based journalist whose first book, Vagina: A Re-Education, was published by Allen & Unwin this year.
Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Her first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust First Book Award and was shortlisted for an array of prizes including the Guardian First Book Award and the Sky Arts Awards. Thirst, her second novel, won the prestigious Prix Femina Etranger. Lowborn is her first work of non-fiction, and her journey has led to a highly successful column for the Pool. She currently lives in Liverpool. Website
“This is Love on the Dole 21st‑century style, featuring complex working-class characters faced with moral dilemmas. I suspect Melvyn Bragg will approve.” – Louise Welsh, The Guardian
‘Thirst by Kerry Hudson review – working-class heroes‘ (The Guardian, 2014)
‘I’m often trying to impress on the industry that there’s an appetite for working-class books and it helps if the book-buying public take a risk on new voices.’ – Kerry Hudson, The Guardian
‘Book clinic: where are all the British working-class writers?’ (The Guardian, 2018)
Lynn Enright is a Dublin-born, London-based journalist who has written for Vogue, the Irish Times, The Guardian, the Evening Standard, BuzzFeed, Grazia and Stylist. She was a founding member of The Pool. Vagina: A Re-Education is her first book. Website
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