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Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns

Kerry Hudson Interviewed by Simon Kövesi

Friday, 5 April 2019

6:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£7 - £12.50

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Award-winning novelist Kerry Hudson talks about her memoir of growing up in a working-class home and of her return to the towns she grew up in to find out what being poor really means in Britain today.

Hudson grew up with her single mother and was always on the move. She attended nine primary schools and five secondaries and lived in bed and breakfast and council flats. Today, she is an award-winning novelist with a secure home and able to travel where she likes. She describes herself as often caught between two worlds.

Hudson’s Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma won the Scottish First Book Award and Thirst, her second novel, won the prestigious Prix Femina Etranger. She founded the WoMentoring project, which offers free mentoring to underrepresented female writers. Here she talks to Simon Kövesi, professor of English literature at Oxford Brookes University. His book James Kelman, a study of the Glaswegian Booker-winning novelist, was shortlisted for a Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year award in 2008. His most recent book John Clare: Nature, Criticism and History was published in 2017.

Presented by the Department of English and Modern Languages, Oxford Brookes University

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BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Sloane Club British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden