Kerry Hudson – Lowborn (down the chipper)

Spread the Word is pleased to partner with Story Machine Productions to bring Kerry Hudson’s 'Lowborn' spectacularly to life at Brockley's Rock fish and chip shop.

Update: 4 September 2019

This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be put on the waiting list in case any places become available please email and include your name and phone number.

When Kerry Hudson was born, she was destined to be the latest in a long line of Aberdeen fishwives. You know her type: a life of grinding poverty, the worst flat on the worst estate, and bread and marge sandwiches before benefits day.

But Kerry had bigger dreams and the fight, humour and strength of her community to back her up.

Now a bestselling author and social activist, Kerry Hudson dons a chip-shop apron to give an intimate one-woman performance of stories from her working class childhood. Told amidst the sizzle of oil and the scent of vinegar, Kerry shines a light into the margins of life, and people you might recognise, in modern Britain.

Order your fish and chips and settle in for a event unlike anything you have ever been to before.

Featuring stories from Kerry Hudson’s books ‘Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma’ and ‘Lowborn’.

Running length – circa 45 minutes (including a short walk).

See Lowborn (Down the Chipper) across the UK in summer and autumn 2019.
Story Machine Productions and Kerry Hudson are visiting Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, Felixstowe, Clacton-on-Sea, London, Wigtown, Margate, and prisons in Staffordshire and Dumfries & Galloway. For full details see:

Workshop with Kerry Hudson and Sam Ruddock As part of the Lowborn (down the chipper) tour, Kerry Hudson and Sam Ruddock will be running a free, ticketed workshop earlier in the day on 25 September, 3.00 – 4.30pm in Deptford. To book your ticket, subject to availability, please visit: 


Performed and written by

Kerry Hudson

Writer and social activist

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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.

Her non-fiction memoir, LOWBORN, takes her back to the towns of her childhood as she investigates her own past and what it means to be poor in Britain today.

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.