When every day of your life you have been told you have nothing of value to offer, that you are worth nothing to society, can you ever escape that sense of being ‘lowborn’ no matter how far you’ve come?’
Kerry Hudson 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. Lowborn 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.
This event will be a 30- to 45-minute talk by the author followed by a Q&A session. We welcome you to stay afterwards for refreshments and a book signing by the author.
Please note the finish time is an estimate and the event may finish earlier than 21.00.
There is a lift that provides wheelchair access from the car park beside the library. There are disabled toilets as well.