The Inaugural Catherine Cookson Lecture
Saturday 31 August
Venue: Opus Theatre
15.15 to 16.30
Tickets: £7.50. Concessions, Students and Unwaged FREE, but please book below
Kerry’s third book Lowborn, ‘one of the most important books of the year’ (Guardian), her powerful, personal exploration of poverty in today’s Britain, echoes the background of Catherine Cookson 75 years earlier. Cookson was a major early literary influence on Kerry.
Sponsored by the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust
Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Her first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before he Stole my Ma was published in 2012 by Chatto & Windus (Penguin Random House) and was the winner of the Scottish First Book Award while also being shortlisted for the Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award, Green Carnation Prize, Author’s Club First Novel Prize and the Polari First Book Award. Kerry’s second novel, Thirst, was published in 2014 by Chatto & Windus and won France’s most prestigious award for foreign fiction the Prix Femina Étranger. It was also shortlisted for the European Premio Strega in Italy. Her books are also available in the US (Penguin), France (Editions Philippe Rey), Italy (Minimum Fax) and Turkey.
She recently published a non-fiction book, Lowborn, which have taken her back to the towns of her childhood as she investigates her own past and what it means to be poor in Britain today. Lowborn was recently serialised on BBC Radio 4.
Kerry founded The WoMentoring Project and has written for Grazia, Guardian Review, Observer New Review and the Metro newspaper. She has represented the British Council in South Korea, mentored with IdeasTap Inspires and TLC, teaches for the Arvon Foundation and was commissioned by the Writers’ Centre Norwich to give a provocation on diversity as part of their ‘National Conversation’ series.