Join us to celebrate the launch of Ashley Hickson-Lovence’s debut novel The 392 with a brilliant line up of poetry and performances from Deshawn McKinney, MC Angel. On the decks DJ Melody Kane + an author Q&A and book signing with Ashley Hickson-Lovence.
We’re delighted to reveal the cover for The 392 by Ashley Hickson-Lovence which will be out in Hardback and eBook on 25 April 2019.
Set entirely on a London bus travelling from Hoxton to Highbury and taking place over just 36 minutes, the events of The 392 unfold through a cast of charismatic characters coming from very different worlds, but tied together through a shared suspicion as the threat of terrorism looms. On the 392 are all the familiar faces you might expect to see on any bus ride through inner-city London in the grips of gentrification: delinquent schoolkids, the high-flyers, the weird, the wonderful and the homeless.
The 392 is a journey through gentrified London and the experiences and feelings that gentrification creates along the way, but ultimately, it’s the story of people, places and perceptions.
Pre-order The 392 on the OWN IT! Online Shop to receive a personalised signed copy from the author.
Co-author and editor of Rise Up: The Story So Far, the Stormzy book which launched the Merky imprint on Penguin Books, has signed to OWN IT! Agency.
As well as an author and editor Jude is also a multifaceted writer of essays, articles, and poetry. Jude’s eclectic writing is curated on his website The House Of Horuswhere his entire personal writing journey is hosted. He has also contributed an essay entitled “Existing as a Black person living in Britain” to SAFE On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. An anthology edited by Derek Owusu.
Jude’s writing and work is born from a necessity to speak and reflect on life, culture and society and he is particularly passionate about projects which focus on identity, representation, and humanity. Jude graduated in Philosophy and studied an MA in Cultural Studies. He is currently working on his debut novel which is described as: Star Wars meets The Wire.
Jude will be represented by Crystal Mahey-Morgan who commented:
Jude represents the next generation of talented British writers whose creative mind knows no bounds, and whose desire to offer an original bold contribution to the literary landscape is truly exciting. Jude’s forthcoming debut – described as: Star Wars meets The Wire – is a truly unique, genre-bending idea. It simultaneously pays homage to well known authors from a rich historical literary cannon whilst re-imagining what the contemporary novel can be. I’m very excited to be working with Jude to develop his debut book and the long career I Know he has ahead of him as an author and writer.
I am very proud to begin this journey with OWN IT! and Crystal Mahey-Morgan as my agent. It’s important to me to be able to work with like-minded individuals who understand me and have a similar vision, and I feel I’ve found that with Crystal and OWN IT!. It also feels great to be part of a collective of creatives whose work excites me. I have huge ambitions for my writing career and feel confident I can realise them with OWN IT! by my side.
OWN IT! Agency represents Jude for Literature, Film and TV. To speak to us about any of these rights please email: Agency@OWNIT.London