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

Mama Can’t Raise No Man by Robyn Travis

Mama Can't Raise No Man Front Jacket

ABOUT THE BOOK

Mama Can’t Raise No Man is Robyn Travis’ debut novel and 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. This time it’s on charges of intent to supply drugs and domestic violence, but things are not as clear-cut as they seem.

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robyn Travis

Robyn is author of Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man which had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across a wide readership. The book launched to a packed out Hackney Empire and quickly sold out. Robyn is a passionate speaker and advocate for young people and regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations.

VIDEO FROM THE LAUNCH OF MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN

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Audible have bought rights to Mama Can’t Raise No Man.

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.

Click the image to hear a sample of the audiobook.


Mama Can’t Raise No Man is the only debut novel to be published by a Black British Male in 2016. Click below to read the full Guardian article

 


Mama Can’t Raise No Man book launch sells out 1300 capacity Hackney Empire and sells over 600 advanced tickets. Click below image for full article


Robyn Travis attends Cheltenham Literary Festival and copies of Mama Can’t Raise No Man sell out in the book signing after his event. Below he’s featured with poet and author Salena Godden



Robyn Travis appears on London Live TV talking about Mama Can’t Raise No Man

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On Track Festival- Your Weakness Is Your Strength

Moments of Significance: A Memoir by MC Angel

ABOUT THE BOOK

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MC Angel is a talented wordsmith performing as a spoken word artist and hip hop emcee as well as writing page poetry. She has been filmed by Red Bull TV, BBC3 and Channel 4 for the “Women in Hip Hop” project. She’s appeared on BBC 1xtra Live Lounge as part of their spoken word season and has performed up and down the country at festivals including LatitudeSecret Garden Party and Drop Beats Not Bombs. She is currently the resident MC for Morning Gloryville, a sober movement which has seen her share the stage with the likes of Fat Boy Slim and Basement Jaxx.

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Moments of Significance is now available to buy here

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Mama Can’t Raise No Man by Robyn Travis

ABOUT THE BOOK

Mama Can’t Raise No Man is Robyn Travis’ debut novel and 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. This time it’s on charges of intent to supply drugs and domestic violence, but things are not as clear-cut as they seem.

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robyn Travis

Robyn is author of Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man which had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across a wide readership. The book launched to a packed out Hackney Empire and quickly sold out. Robyn is a passionate speaker and advocate for young people and regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations.

VIDEO FROM THE LAUNCH OF MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN

NEWS/PRESS

Audible have bought rights to Mama Can’t Raise No Man.

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.

Click the image to hear a sample of the audiobook.


Mama Can’t Raise No Man is the only debut novel to be published by a Black British Male in 2016. Click below to read the full Guardian article

 


Mama Can’t Raise No Man book launch sells out 1300 capacity Hackney Empire and sells over 600 advanced tickets. Click below image for full article


Robyn Travis attends Cheltenham Literary Festival and copies of Mama Can’t Raise No Man sell out in the book signing after his event. Below he’s featured with poet and author Salena Godden



Robyn Travis appears on London Live TV talking about Mama Can’t Raise No Man

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UPCOMING EVENTS

On Track Festival- Your Weakness Is Your Strength

Prisoner to the Streets by Robyn Travis

Prisoner to the Streets

Prisoner to the Streets

ABOUT THE BOOK

Blurb

I don’t believe in the term gang. Yes I’ve had a violent past and made reckless choices I’m not proud of but it’s too easy (and lazy) to throw around this gang label. We were just a group of multi-cultural kids who lives on common ground and shared a similar struggle.

I’m not trying to say I’m just some victim of circumstances, the truth is I became a victim of my excuses. There was a strong come-unity but we also came from broken families and had crime, drugs and violence all around us. This social deprevation causes misguided pride, confused loyalty and thinking we had an extended family on the estate.

We didn’t really act like no family though. Disputes were settled with manpower, knifes and guns. Familiar faces from childhood became bitter enemies in war with only a road separating us from the frontline. We were in prisons the size of our boroughs and each estate felt like a different prison wing. The joke is we thought we owned the streets. We thought we were free.

I’ve lost some good people to the streets. And I don’t just mean death and prison. i mean the street mentality took away a part of us. Took away who we were destined to become. Our futures.

This is the story of my journey. It’s a reflection of how I fell out of one system and rushed into another. The story of how i became a prisoner tot he streets and somehow escaped.

Robyn Travis – Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robyn is author of Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man which both had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across TV, radio and press and reached a wide readership. Mama Can’t Raise No Man was the only book published by a Black British debut male novelist in 2016 and both his books are available as audiobooks via Audible. Robyn has been a guest speaker at a number of high profile Literature Festivals including Cheltenham, WOMAD, Bare Lit and Stoke Newington and is a passionate speaker and advocate for young people. He regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations. Robyn Travis is published by OWN IT!

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Happy purchasers of Prisoner to the Streets at Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2016

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On Track Festival- Your Weakness Is Your Strength

PRE-ORDER: COMING 5TH JULY The Time Before The Time To Come by Jill Johnson


ABOUT THE BOOK

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. 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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

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The Time Before The Time To Come is now available for pre-order here

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Don’t Be Alien Multi-Media Project

ABOUT THE PROJECT

DON’T BE ALIEN is a digital book which weaves together lyrics, music and animation to create a multi-layered way to experience the story within a song, and a song within a book, offering a truly immersive experience.

It’s the story of two people once desperately in love but now distant strangers. One day a chance encounter prompts a montage of memories…

The book also includes a behind the scenes ‘making of’ story which gives readers a fascinating insight into how this animated songbook was created. Features include unpublished sketches, character turnaround boards, ‘storyboard to final film’ videos and insightful commentary from the animator and illustrator, Ewan Green

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Call Me Unique is known for her eclectic and soulful sound which fuses together elements from a wide variety of artists and influences including Jill Scott, Billie Holiday, Lisa Lopes, Lauryn Hill and Ella Fitzgerald. Named by Time Out Magazine as an upcoming talent to watch out for, Unique regularly performs across the country and can regularly be heard coming through your radio airwaves.

Cuba was part of influential London Hiphop Group, 12 Stone Productions who were together for 10 years before deciding to go their separate ways in 2004. Even though one chapter in his musical journey came to an end, Cuba’s passion to create music never left him and in 2010 he decided to learn to play the piano. Now a songwriter and composer, Cuba has always believed that regardless of style, music is music and this has taken his songwriting in a whole new direction.

Ewan graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 with a first in  Animation in the School of Design. He has since contributed work to two feature  films, including: Titeuf: le Film (2010), and L’Illusioniste (2010). In 2012, he  went  to Jeju island in South Korea to teach English, and spent his time there  drawing  the landscape, as well as working on his personal project, current title: ‘Far From Home’. He can usually be found in a coffee shop with a sketchbook in front of him.

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