AudioBook of Mama Can’t Raise No Man Released via Audible

We’re delighted to share that Robyn Travis’ debut novel Mama Can’t Raise No Man which published in Hardback and eBook in 2016 is now also available as an Audiobook via Audible with a brand new cover. The paperback will follow shortly and also use the new jacket design.

You can now enjoy the many characters and vibrant voices of the novel in audio format with narrator Adjoa Andoh (narrator of books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Malorie Blackman) voicing all the female characters and Damian Lynch (narrator of audiobooks such as The Secret Footballer series) voicing all the male characters.

Mama Can’t Raise No Man is a unique and eye-opening exploration of black masculinity. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges different definitions of manhood, whilst remaining an engaging, witty and at times laugh-out-loud-funny novel.

The novel unfolds through a series of letters between a colorful cast of characters and the main protagonist, Duane, who despite his efforts to turn his life around, once again finds himself in prison. Hearing Robyn’s work brought to life in audio format is a whole new experience and one not to be missed.

Listen to a sample and purchase the Audiobook of Mama Can’t Raise No Man here

New Debut Novel: The Time Before The Time To Come by Jill Johnson

OWN IT! is delighted to announce that we have acquired a wonderful new debut novel entitled The Time Before The Time To Come by Jill Johnson.

Jill Johnson has lived in South East Asia, Europe and New Zealand. She has owned an editorial cartoon gallery, a comic shop and has been involved in a graphic novel publishing house. She is an alumni of The Faber Academy writing school and now lives in the East End of London with her children.

The Time Before The Time To Come is a wonderful story within stories inspired by Jill’s Maori heritage. Set between London and New Zealand and intertwining past and present, we follow Victoria’s path of self-discovery as she unwraps layers of her past and tries to make sense of her present. As we journey with her family over many generations, we discover the traditions, legends, values and beliefs of the ancient Maori culture.

Publisher at OWN IT!, Crystal Mahey-Morgan says, ‘Jill is a talented storyteller. The Time Before The Time To Come beautifully encapsulates the family ties that exist from one generation to the next and explores the significance of holding on to your roots and culture as a way of not letting go of yourself. A brilliantly crafted novel that opens a window into Maori culture, with strong women, epic journeys and heartbreaking revelations, The Time Before The Time to Come is at its core a book of hope. Made all the more powerful by the fact that it’s based on Jill’s own family, this is a novel that will stay with you long after you put it down and it’s an honour to be publishing it’.

The Time Before The Time To Come will be published in hardback and eBook in June 2018

JJ Bola Longlisted for Not The Booker Prize 2017

No Place To Call Home has been longlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize 2017’

Reader’s get to chose the shortlist. To vote for JJ Bola’s brilliant debut No Place To Call Home:

1. Click here

2. Create/login into Guardian account

3. Vote for 2 titles on the longlist (you must vote for 2 books for your NPTCH vote to count)

[yourusername] – Vote # 1 – [Book title only]

[yourusername] – Vote # 2 – No Place To Call Home

4. Write a short review (100 words) for No Place To Call Home under the title

5. Tweet/Insta/Facebook/Snap #NPTCHNotTheBooker

‘Breathe in Your World’ Animated Music Video

We’re delighted to share the animated music video for Breathe in Your World – a song which features in the multi-media song/book/animation project, The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning).

Breathe in Your World is available as a single on iTunes ,the OWN IT! online shopSpotify and all good digital retailers and streaming platforms.

Sung by Sharon Rose, Illustration & Animation by Caroline Lee, Words & Music by Jason “Cuba” Morgan

The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning) is a multi-media project which tells the story of a fictional therapy session where a group of characters share their feelings through animated songs threaded together through an intra-animation which is available as a film, book and music EP.

Watch the whole 20 minute film and find out more info about the digital book and EP here

 

‘Stay My Love’ Animated Music Video

We’re delighted to share the animated music video for Stay My Love – a song which features in the multi-media song/book/animation project, The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning).

Stay My Love is available as a single on iTunes ,the OWN IT! online shopSpotify and all good digital retailers and streaming platforms.

Sung by AJ Lewis, Illustrated by Ellen Leber, Animated by Gabreal Range, Words & Music by Jason “Cuba” Morgan

The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning) is a multi-media project which tells the story of a fictional therapy session where a group of characters share their feelings through animated songs threaded together through an intra-animation which is available as a film, book and music EP.

Watch the whole 20 minute film and find out more info about the digital book and EP here

‘Dreaming I See It’ Animated Music Video

We’re delighted to share the animated music video for Dreaming I See It – a song which features in the multi-media song/book/animation project, The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning).

Dreaming I See It is available as a single on iTunesthe OWN IT! online shopSpotify and all good digital retailers and streaming platforms.

Sung by Amy Holt, Illustrated and Animated by Daniela Skinner, Words & Music by Jason “Cuba” Morgan

The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning) is a multi-media project which tells the story of a fictional therapy session where a group of characters share their feelings through animated songs threaded together through an intra-animation which is available as a film, book and music EP.

Watch the whole 20 minute film and find out more info about the digital book and EP here

‘Don’t Close My Eyes’ Animated Music Video

 

We’re delighted to share the animated music video for Don’t Close My Eyes – a song which features in the multi-media song/book/animation project, The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning).

Don’t Close My Eyes is available as a single on iTunes the OWN IT! online shop Spotify and all good digital retailers and streaming platforms.

Sung by Dee Ajaye, Illustrated by Kirsty “KirzArt” Latoya, Animated by Gabreal Range, Words & Music by Jason “Cuba” Morgan.

The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning) is a multi-media project which tells the story of a fictional therapy session where a group of characters share their feelings through animated songs threaded together through an intra-animation which is available as a film, book and music EP.

Watch the whole 20 minute film and find out more info about the digital book and EP here

JJ Bola ‘No Place To Call Home’ Book Launch Video

No Place To Call Home’ by JJ Bola is a stunning debut novel with a colourful cast of characters and luminous prose. A tale of belonging, identity and immigration, of hope and hopelessness, of loss –not by death, but by distance– and, by no means the least, of love.

The book launch took place at Dalston Roof Gardens on 20th June and included performances by Anthony Anaxagorou and MC Angel. The novel published in Hardback and eBook on 22nd June.

‘No Place To Call Home’ is available to buy at all good retailers including the below:

Amazon

Big Green Bookshop

Brick Lane Book Shop

Broadway Bookshop

Burley Fisher Books

Clapham Books

Daunt Books

Foyles

Housmans

iBooks

Libreria

LRB Book shop

New Beacon Book Shop

OWN IT! online shop

Pages of Hackney

Stoke Newington Books

Waterstones

+ Many more

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OWN IT! to Publish MC Angel’s Memoirs

OWN IT! is very excited to be publishing a ground breaking book of memoirs called Moments of Significance by poet, rapper and activist Shauna O’ Briain professionally known as MC Angel.

It’s a non-linear narrative packed with poetry, prose, fragments of memories and mediations on life, philosophy and politics from an uncompromising voice.Told through her personal experiences of growing up on an inner-city London council estate as a white working class Queer woman, Moments of Significance is an exploration of society and the political told through a very personal collage of experiences.

With accounts from Shauna’s childhood poverty to the devastating family revelation in Ireland; being bullied on her estate for being a lesbian to finding Buddhism, coping with the death of her mother to piecing together an identity through hip hop, poetry and art, Shauna reinvents the way memoirs are written and through this collection of memories reveals layers of herself to slowly build a unique relationship with the reader.

Publisher Crystal Mahey-Morgan said “More than a memoir, Moments of Significance is an exploration of being human and finding a place in the world. Of being ripped apart by circumstance and finding a way to piece yourself together. It takes us to the depths of despair but also shows us the strength of hope and how the the arts has the power not only to change lives but also to save them. It’s a book of compassion and humanity”.

Moments of Significance will be published in March 2018 in Hardback and eBook.

 

The Group Therapy Programme film

We are delighted to launch The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning) – a multi-media project which tells the story of a fictional therapy session where a group of characters share how they are feeling through animated songs threaded together through an intra-animation.

The project is a creative collaboration between an eclectic mix of talented artists including a songwriter, 5 illustrators, 4 singers and 3 animators who together bring the lyrics of the songs and the overall story to life.

The Group Therapy Programme is available to experience in a number of ways including the film, a multi-media digital book with the lyrics, music, art and animation as well as  ‘behind the scenes’ extras from the contributors. It is also available as a stand alone music EP.

The music EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, OWN IT! shop and all good digital music retailers and streaming platforms. Each song is also available for separate download

The multi-media digital book is available to buy from Apple iBooks and the OWN IT! shop.

You can find out more about the artists involved here.