What does it really mean to be poor in Britain today? Born into poverty, Kerry Hudson is now a prize-winning novelist who has travelled the world. In Lowborn, she revisits the hardest regions of her childhood and some of the country’s most deprived towns to discover whether anything has changed.
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.
Venue: The Adnams Spiegeltent
Duration: c. 1 hour
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.
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 forwards we first have to look back.
‘It’s not just Kerry Hudson’s writing that is vibrant, authentic and true, it’s the person herself, it’s where the writing comes from; a wise and generous heart’ Kit de Waal
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.