Long Time No See

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Jamaica, 1935. A young boy is repeatedly beaten by his Chinese father.

The poet Hannah Lowe reads from her memoir about her Jamaican father and her relationship with him during her childhood in Essex. Using a notebook found after his death and letters and interviews with family, she recreates his childhood and young adult years in the decades before he met her mother.

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Jamaica, 1935: a young boy is repeatedly beaten by his Chinese father. Both man and boy are drawn to the throw of the dice. Decades later, a young woman in Ilford mourns the death of her gambling father.

Read by the author, Hannah Lowe, with recreated and imagined sections of Chick's life read by Colin Salmon.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.