Wigtown Book Festival – Day Time

Date:September 28, 2019 Cost:£8+
Three panelists discuss a 'Question of Inequality'. The panelist are Alan Johnson, Lord Bird, and Kerry Hudson.
Wigtown Book Festival – Day Time


Time: September 28, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:30 am


This event is open to the public.


Cost: £8+
Event Type: Author Talk


The UK is one of the most unequal societies in Europe and social mobility is declining. Why does it matter? And what can be done about it? Our three panelists have personal experience of the issue. Former Home Secretary turned memoirist Alan Johnson has written extensively about his journey from a London slum to the Cabinet table; Lord Bird founded The Big Issue after a troubled childhood and spells in prison; and Kerry Hudson has written one of the most talked about books of the year, Lowborn, a deeply personal exploration of poverty in Britain today.
After twenty years as an MP and eleven as a government minister ( serving as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Trade and Industry, Education, Health and Home Affairs) Alan Johnson left politics in 2017 to concentrate on writing.
His three books of memoirs have all won awards including the Orwell Prize and the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize.
In his new book “IN MY Life – A Music Memoir”, published on Sept 20th 2018 Alan looks back at his pursuit of rock stardom recalling with affection a vanished world of Dansettes, dancehalls and smoky pubs, Flower Power and platform shoes.