Angela Hui: Takeaway
Growing up in a Chinese takeaway in rural Wales, Angela Hui was made aware at a very young age of just how differently she and her family were seen by her local community. From attacks on the shopfront (in other words, their home), to verbal abuse from customers, and confrontations that ended with her dad wielding the meat cleaver; life growing up in a takeaway was far from peaceful.
But alongside the strife, there was also beauty and joy in the rhythm of life in the takeaway and in being surrounded by the food of her home culture. Family dinners before service, research trips to Hong Kong, preparing for the weekend rush with her brothers – the takeaway is a hive of activity before a customer even places their order of ‘egg-fried rice and chop suey’.
Bringing readers along on the journey from her earliest memories in the takeaway to her family closing the shop after 30 years in business, TAKEAWAY: Stories from a Childhood Behind the Counter is a brilliantly warm and immersive memoir from someone on the other side of the counter.
Join Griffin Books in welcoming Angela to Penarth in the beautiful surrounding of the Turner House Gallery for what is guaranteed to be a fascinating and entertaining evening.
Angela Hui is an award-winning writer and editor. She was the former food and drink editor at Time Out and lifestyle reporter at HuffPost. Her work has been widely published in the BBC, gal-dem, Guardian, Financial Times, Independent, Lonely Planet, Metro, National Geographic Traveller, Refinery29, Vice, and more.
TAKEAWAY: Stories from a Childhood Behind the Counter is her first non-fiction book and was BBC Radio 4’s book of the week and The Guardian, i News and Waterstones book of the year.
Wednesday 8 November
7.30 pm (doors open 7.00 pm)
Turner House Gallery, Penarth
Tickets: £14.00 includes a SIGNED paperback copy of Takeaway / £8.00 event only / £5.00 Student Ticket