Reflections of Me: Art & Poetry Book by Kirsty Latoya

We’re delighted to reveal that we have acquired Reflections of Me, an art and poetry book by 26-year-old emerging artist Kirsty Latoya, from South London.

The book will be made up of four sections – mental health, identity, womanhood and love – and images will be accompanied by original poems from the artist.

Whilst studying in New York, Latoya took the opportunity to take art classes and learn to paint. Using this as a foundation, in December 2014 Latoya taught herself digital art using an iPad and stylus by experimenting with different apps and programs. Not long after, she ditched the stylus, preferring the freedom of drawing on the iPad with her finger which is how Kirsty now creates all her art pieces.

Latoya’s passion to explore mental health through her art comes from her own battles with mental health – having first suffered with depression at the age of 13 – and a desire to help others who suffer with mental health feel less alone and more connected through art.

Latoya has also been very outspoken for the need to de-stigmatise mental health especially amongst Black and Asian communities who are statistically less likely to ask for help when suffering from mental health problems.

Publisher Crystal Mahey-Morgan said: “Kirsty’s ability to convey emotion through her art and affect the viewer in a profound way is truly breath taking. She has a unique ability to express complex ideas through seemingly simple images around universal human emotion. This coupled with her boldness in tackling sometime sensitive issues makes her a truly exciting artist and one to watch. We’re very proud to be able to work with and publish such an important voice and talent.”

OWN IT! has acquired English print, translation, digital, multi-media and film and TV rights worldwide and will publish Reflections of Me in September 2018

Pre-order coming soon.

The Time Before The Time To Come by Jill Johnson

We’re delighted to reveal the cover for Jill Johnson’s forthcoming debut novel The Time Before The Time To Come publishing in hardback and eBook on 5th July 2018.

Set between London and New Zealand and intertwining past and present, The Time Before The Time To Come follows Victoria’s journey as she rediscovers her Maori heritage and embarks on a path of self-discovery,
unwrapping layers of her past to try to make sense of her present.

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 heritage as a way of not letting go of yourself. With strong women,
epic journeys and heartbreaking revelations this is at its heart a book of hope and love.

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 and now lives in London with her children. The Time Before The Time To Come is inspired by her Maori heritage.

Pre-order now and receive a personalised signed copy from the author on publication day: 5th July 2018

 

 

MC Angel Powerful Memoir: Moments of Significance

We’re excited to publish Shauna O’ Briain aka MC Angel’s powerful memoirs Moments of Significance (out 29th March 2018).

Moments of Significance is a non-linear narrative packed with poetry, prose, fragments of memories and mediations on life, philosophy and politics from an uncompromising voice. Told through Shauna’s 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 life moments reveals layers of herself to slowly build a unique relationship with the reader.

Moments of Significance is available to pre-order now. Everyone who pre-orders through the OWN IT! online shop will receive a personally signed copy from MC Angel before the 29th March

Tickets for the unique book launch event are also now on sale

For more info check out our What’s On Page

MC Angel Book Launch for Moments of Significance: A Memoir

Mama Can’t Raise No Man Releasing in Paperback

“Some people study reality and then write about it, Robyn Travis is reality. He has a style of writing that is direct, honest and heartfelt and the world needs to hear his voice. He’s writing the half that has never been told. He’s writing without fear. Check this brother out!” Benjamin Zephaniah

We’re delighted to reveal the new cover and announce the Paperback release of Robyn Travis’ debut novel Mama Can’t Raise No Man. A powerful and current exploration of the many faces of masculinity told from a Black male perspective.

Brimming with sharp, intelligent meditations, Mama Can’t Raise No Man raises uncomfortable questions around definitions of Black masculinity, race, role models, and fractured families. It offers a unique glimpse into a British inner-city London experience where the main protagonist Duane is forced by circumstance to go in search of his identity and as a result finds himself embarking on a unexpected journey where he begins to unlearn everything he thought he knew about being a man.

To celebrate the release of the Paperback edition, Robyn Travis will take part in Hackney Empire Theatre’s ON TRACK. A festival aimed at 14-25 year olds looking to break into the creative industries and designed to fuel the next generation of artists and creative entrepreneurs. Robyn will be a guest speaker at the festival on Wednesday 15th February where he will do a book signing to celebrate the release of his Paperback.

“We’re really looking forward to Robyn being involved in our first On Track Festival. Robyn’s voice will be so empowering to the young people who come through our Creative Futures department. It’s so important to be in the same room as people who are doing what you dream of doing. Having the chance to hear in his own words, how Robyn did it, doesn’t happen every day”   Rachel Horowitz, Hackney Empire

The paperback edition of Mama Can’t Raise No Man will be available from all major and indie retailers from 15th February 2018. To receive a personalised signed copy on 15th February PRE-ORDER NOW

For details about the paperback launch and book signing at the ON TRACK festival at Hackney Empire, visit our What’s On page

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