Words Weekend 2019
Kerry Hudson: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest 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? As the closing keynote speaker of the festival, award-winning novelist Kerry Hudson will explore some of the key themes of the inaugural Words Weekend, including sense of place and indentity, poverty, social activism and modern Britain. These themes are very prevalent in LOWBORN, Kerry’s 2019 exploration of where she came from, and the towns she grew up in to discover what being poor really means in Britain today and whether anything has really changed. LOWBORN is a powerful, personal, agenda-changing work of non-fiction on poverty in Britain – a book like nothing that’s been written before, and Kerry’s is a voice that we all need to pay attention to, now more than ever.
Start time: 8pm
Venue: Sage Two
As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.
Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.
We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members, some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces. Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]