The 392 by Ashley Hickson-Lovence

THE 392 by Ashley Hickson-Lovence

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 school kids, the high-flyers, the weird, the wonderful and the homeless. The 392 is primarily about uncovering the passengers’ hidden stories; agendas and ambitions. Switching between the different perspectives – told using first person – powerfully places the reader in the shoes of each character as they observe and make their way to work, school or court. 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. The roads are real; the locations mentioned are actual local landmarks and the position of bus stops are based on the real route giving the world of the fictional The 392 a brilliantly authentic feel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

27-year-old Ashley Hickson-Lovence is a former secondary school English teacher who grew up on a Hackney council estate and now resides in Norwich while he completes a Creative and Critical Writing PhD at the University of East Anglia. He is particularly interested in capturing the incessantly changing cultural landscape of urban Britain. Hickson-Lovence is also a poet, football referee and a keen marathon runner.

Nile Ranger

Nile Ranger is an English footballer and current free agent.

Previously with Crystal Palace and Southampton, Ranger finished his youth career at Newcastle United, where he made his professional debut and was part of their team which won the Football League Championship in 2009–10. Later on in his spell at St James’s Park, he was loaned to Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday. He played international football for England U19. After leaving Newcastle by mutual consent in 2013, he went on to play for Swindon Town, Blackpool and Southend United in the English Football League.

Yemisi Adegoke

Yemisi Adegoke, a British-Nigerian journalist for the BBC, who we are very excited to be joining us, has signed to OWN IT! Literary, Film and TV Agency.

A journalist with close to a decade of experience, Yemisi has written and produced for CNN, Quartz, The Guardian, The Discovery Channel and The Independent. A graduate of the Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, currently based in Lagos, Nigeria, she is passionate about telling stories from around the continent.

OWN IT! Agency represents Yemisi for Literature, Film and TV.

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Sophia Thakur

Combining honest and provocative lyrics, Sophia is known to many as “our generations first poetry influencer. With over 14,000 Youtube followers, performing at universities, Glastonbury and TEDx, Sophia Thakur is one of the most recognisable figures in UK performance poetry today. Her charming and gentle wisdom married to her thought-provoking story telling ability has led her to touch millions of lives both on and offline.

Sharing her message of inspiration, expression and empowerment, we are so excited for the release of her first poetry collection SOMEBODY GIVE THIS HEART A PEN, on 3rd October 2019. Taking readers on an intimate journey through love, loss, faith and self-discovery, Sophia gives voice to the experiences that connect people and encourages readers to look into themselves and explore the tendencies of the heart.

Check out more of her work here: https://www.sophiathakur.co.uk/previous-campaigns

Use Words First edited by Jude Yawson

BBC Radio 1Xtra and Asian Network have teamed up with BBC Contains Strong Language for Words First, a scheme aimed at finding the best emerging spoken word talent in the UK. USE WORDS FIRST is a collection of 12 poets from Words First brought together in this brilliant anthology edited by Jude Yawson, co-writer of Stormzy’s Rise Up: The Story So far and contributor to the SAFE anthology edited by Derek Owusu.

Exploring themes of identity, connectivity and mobilisation, USE WORDS FIRST brings together eclectic styles and people all exploring humanity in their own unique ways. This is a snapshot of some of the struggles, inspirations and muses of young Britain today expressed through poetry that spans from the personal to the political and is always full of beauty and power.