Book Week Scotland 2019: Kerry Hudson

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Kerry Hudson presents
“Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns”

Dumbarton Library, Strathleven Pl, Dumbarton G82 1BD

Friday 22nd November, 2019 at 7.00pm

On Friday evening the fantastic author Kerry Hudson ill be at Dumbarton Library. Kerry is deeply proud of being working class but she doesn’t have any nostalgia for the terrible reality of being poor. Poverty dominated her childhood – often in a profoundly dehumanising way. Her childhood was far from settled and she spent much of it on the move with her single mother, attending nine primary schools and five secondary schools. Using the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma she scored eight out of ten.

Although Kerry’s life now bears little resemblance to that of her childhood, those early experiences have left a scar that has never fully healed. Her book ‘Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns’ explores those formative experiences of poverty as Kerry revisits the towns where she grew up and endeavours to find out what contemporary poverty is like and whether there has been any real change. Kerry has written two critically celebrated novels, ‘Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma’ and most recently, ‘Thirst’. ​

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