Poverty in Britain today – Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn Tour
Thursday, 16 May, 2019 – 4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
The Mitchell Library
Kerry Hudson in conversation with Darren McGarvey, on poverty and class in the UK – Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn
We are delighted to be part of award winning author Kerry Hudson’s book tour.
Her latests book – LOWBORN – is a powerful, personal, agenda changing look at poverty in Britain. Kerry explores where she came from, revisiting the towns she grew up in to try to discover what being poor really means in Britain today. With LOWBORN Kerry is looking break through the barriers, through the naivety and denial that have kept the conversation of poverty dialled down, with an aim to raise awareness through the roof and make a change.
Kerry Hudson grew up in all-encompassing, grinding poverty. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended 9 primary schools and 5 secondary schools, living in B&Bs and council flats. Kerry scores 8 out of 10 on the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma. Whilst many people would like to think that Kerry was an exception – that she was unlucky, or a one-in-a-million case. Sadly, this just isn’t true. All of the people Kerry grew up with were experiencing exactly the same as she was. Some a little less, and some far worse. The difference is that Kerry saw an opportunity for a different existence and ran for it.
20 years later, Kerry’s life is unrecognisable. She’s a prizewinning novelist who has travelled the world. She has a secure home, a loving partner and access to art, music, film and books. But she often finds herself somehow caught between two worlds. 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. With LOWBORN Kerry is looking break through the barriers, through the naivety and denial that have kept the conversation of poverty dialled down, with an aim to raise awareness through the roof and make a change.
Copies of LOWBORN will be available for purchase and Kerry will also be signing.
FREE EVENT – Register Online
The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN
This section: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events
Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events
- Murder at the Mela by Leela Soma
- Bloody Scotland 2020 – Debut Shortlist and McIlvanney Prize Longlist
- Sonnet Youth Social Club
- Anna (Young Adults Book) by Laura Guthrie
- A Northern Extravaganza with Shetlandic Poets Christie Williamson and Roseann Watt
- Creative Pollination: Exploration and Creative Writing Woodlands Community
- ‘Doors tae Naewye’ poetry by Christie Williamson
- Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis
- The Poets’ Time – weekly meetings with Linda Jackson on Zoom
- A Celebration of Birds: Sharing stories, memories and hope
- Makar to Makar, Jackie Kay with Imtiaz Dharker and Suzanne Bonnar
- Life is too short online readings and recorded performances
- Historic Significance of Ellisland Farm, Centre for Robert Burns
- Create & Connect Showcase. Glasgow Women’s Library
- Twitter Chat, Little Women at GFT Online Film Club
- Creative Conversations: Iain Maloney, Novelist and Poet – Zoom Event
- Stay at Home Literary Fringe Festival
- Sonnet Youth Social Club
- Creative Conversations, Monday Lunchtimes, University of Glasgow Chapel
- Jamaica Kincaid: novelist and writer – Creative Conversations ZOOM EVENT