Sun 31 March
4pm – 6pm
Prize winning novelist, Kerry Hudson in conversation with Southend based creative producer, Jules Easlea in advance of the May 2019 publishing date of her new book, Lowborn. The book asks what does it really mean to be poor in Britain today? As Kerry revisits her childhood and some of the country’s most deprived towns
‘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 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. She scores eight out of ten on the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma.
Twenty 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 looking over her shoulder, caught somehow 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. She also journeys into the hardest regions of her own childhood, because sometimes in order to move forwards we first have to look back.
Tickets: £5 (including a free, celebratory drink at 6pm as this is our last Essex Writers House event of the month)
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