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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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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner 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 Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore George Warren New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden