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

The Group Therapy Program: (Interpersonal Learning)

4 Animations, 4 songs 1 story. Told through an animated film which becomes a multi-media digital book and music EP

By Ellen Leber

The Group Therapy Program: (Interpersonal Learning) can best be described as a song book gallery fusing music, words, illustration and animation to tell stories of depression, love and longing.

It’s a creative collaboration which takes the viewer from the animated group therapy session room to within the minds of the fictional participants.

The project will be launched at Stoke Newington Literary Festival on 4th June 2017 at Rio Cinema in Dalston 4-5pm and consist of a film screening followed by panel discussion and Q&A with the contributors. Buy tickets here

The contributors include an eclectic mix of talented singers and illustrators plus an animator and songwriter. Here, one of the contributors, illustrator Kirsty Latoya – who has suffered with depression herself – shares how art has helped transform her life.

This is an OWN IT! project supported using public funding by the Arts Council England

George the Poet performs at MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN book launch

Debut novel by Robyn Travis MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is now available to buy at all good online and physical retailers including here.

Each day this week we will share a performance/interview from the musicians, comedians and poets who helped launch Robyn Travis’ book at a sold out Hackney Empire launch.

Watch George the Poet do what he does best!

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is an eye-opening exploration of different definitions of masculinity in today’s society told from a black male perspective. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges, debates and raises uncomfortable questions while drawing the reader into the world.

Sitting somewhere between Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, this is a unique novel which unfolds through a series of prison letters, taking the reader into the minds of a colourful cast of characters.

Suli Breaks performs at MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN book launch

Debut novel by Robyn Travis MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is now available to buy at all good online and physical retailers including here.

Each day this week we will share a performance/interview from the musicians, comedians and poets who helped launch Robyn Travis’ book at a sold out Hackney Empire launch.

Watch this powerfully emotional performance by poet Suli Breaks.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is an eye-opening exploration of different definitions of masculinity in today’s society told from a black male perspective. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges, debates and raises uncomfortable questions while drawing the reader into the world.

Sitting somewhere between Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, this is a unique novel which unfolds through a series of prison letters, taking the reader into the minds of a colourful cast of characters.

 

George the Poet Backstage at MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN Book Launch

Debut novel by Robyn Travis MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN  is now available to buy at all good online and physical retailers including here.

Each day this week we will share a performance/interview from the musicians, comedians and poets who helped launch Robyn Travis’ book at a sold out Hackney Empire launch.

Hear what George the Poet had to say backstage after his performance above.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is an eye-opening exploration of different definitions of masculinity in today’s society told from a black male perspective. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges, debates and raises uncomfortable questions while drawing the reader into the world.

Sitting somewhere between Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, this is a unique novel which unfolds through a series of prison letters, taking the reader into the minds of a colourful cast of characters.

Judi Love performs at MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN book launch

Debut novel by Robyn Travis MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN publishes is now available to buy at all good online and physical retailers including here.

Each day this week we will share a performance from the musicians, comedians and poets who helped launch Robyn Travis’ book at a sold out Hackney Empire launch.

Watch Judi Love’s brilliantly funny performance above!

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is an eye-opening exploration of different definitions of masculinity in today’s society told from a black male perspective. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges, debates and raises uncomfortable questions while drawing the reader into the world.

Sitting somewhere between Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, this is a unique novel which unfolds through a series of prison letters, taking the reader into the minds of a colourful cast of characters.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN recently featured in articles in the Guardian and The Bookseller Magazine and with over 900 people attending the Hackney Empire book launch, it has been reported to have been the biggest of the year.

#MamaCantRaiseNoMan

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN – Book Launch Speeches

 

Debut novel by Robyn Travis MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is now available to buy at all good online and physical retailers including here.

Each day this week we will share a performance from the musicians, comedians and poets who helped launch Robyn Travis’ book at a sold out Hackney Empire launch.

Watch the last words and thank you speeches from author Robyn Travis and OWN IT! founder Crystal Mahey-Morgan after being brought on stage at the end of the launch by comedian and host for the evening, Kojo.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is an eye-opening exploration of different definitions of masculinity in today’s society told from a black male perspective. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges, debates and raises uncomfortable questions while drawing the reader into the world.

Sitting somewhere between Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, this is a unique novel which unfolds through a series of prison letters, taking the reader into the minds of a colourful cast of characters.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN recently featured in articles in the Guardian and The Bookseller Magazine and with over 900 people attending the Hackney Empire book launch, it has been reported to have been the biggest of the year.

#MamaCantRaiseNoMan

Reaction to OWN IT! and first project DON’T BE ALIEN

From publishing industry editors (Philip Jones, The Bookseller Magazine) to music influencers (Jamal Edwards, SBTV), authors to artists, hear the reaction to the launch of OWN IT! and its multi-media digital release, DON’T BE ALIEN, which spans across a song, a book, a film.

Buy DON’T BE ALIEN: The Song from iTunes, OWN IT! , all good digital retailers

Buy DON’T BE ALIEN: The Book from iBooks, OWN IT!

NB. The full book experience is available on any device with multi-media functionality (Desktop. iOS, Android)

Debut Novel MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN by Robyn Travis

Mama Can't Raise No Man Front Jacket

OWN IT! is proud to announce that it will be publishing Robyn Travis’ debut novel to coincide with Black History Month in October.

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. 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.

 

OWN IT! founder, Crystal Mahey-Morgan said:

“Mama Can’t Raise No Man is an original, dynamic and accomplished novel from a fresh new voice. Perhaps most exciting of all, is that it will appeal to a wide audience, from avid book lovers and readers to those who publishing traditionally ignores. Travis’ core audience is young, BAME, working class, non-graduates who in the past might not have seen books as entertainment, but with Mama Can’t Raise No Man, Travis offers something that his audience will be able to both relate to and enjoy. This is an enlightening and honest read and I’m sure it will find an audience far beyond Travis’ core (traditionally underserved) audience.”

Mama Can’t Raise No Man author, Robyn Travis said:

“I’m really happy to be working with OWN IT! and so excited to be able to share my debut novel with the world. Growing up, I didn’t read a lot, as I didn’t feel there was much I could relate to and I definitely never thought I could become a published author. With my books, I really hope to inspire others who may feel the way I did before. I want everyone to enjoy reading and also to believe that they can be authors too if they want to be

Pre-Order your physical copy of MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN here and Kinlde eBook here

 

Book Launch at Hackney Empire

hackney empire

 

To celebrate the publication of Travis’ debut novel, Mama Can’t Raise No Man, OWN IT! will present a unique event of live music, poetry, comedy and discussion (exploring the themes in the novel) at the Hackney Empire on the 27nd September 2016. More details and line up to be announced soon. Early bird tickets will go on sale shortly!