Audience Reaction from JJ Bola Double Book Launch

We’re delighted to share this video from JJ Bola’s double book launch.

JJ Bola has previously published three collections of poetry; Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014) and WORD (2015). REFUGE brings together, for the first time, all of JJ Bola’s poetry in one definitive collection and is available to buy in all good major/indie bookshops and the OWN IT! online shop.
After taking No Place To Call Home around the world and launching it to critical and reader acclaim in June 2017, No Place To Call Home is now available in paperback in all good major/indie bookshops and the OWN IT! online shop.

JJ Bola Double Book Launch Video

We’re delighted to share this video from JJ Bola’s double book launch.

JJ Bola has previously published three collections of poetry; Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014) and WORD (2015). REFUGE brings together, for the first time, all of JJ Bola’s poetry in one definitive collection and is available to buy in all good major/indie bookshops and the OWN IT! online shop.
After taking No Place To Call Home around the world and launching it to critical and reader acclaim in June 2017, No Place To Call Home is now available in paperback in all good major/indie bookshops and the OWN IT! online shop.

 

REFLECTIONS OF ME by Kirsty Latoya: Cover Reveal and Launch Details

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for Kirsty Latoya’s forthcoming art and poetry book entitled Reflections of Me.

Reflections of Me is an art and poetry book by 27-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.”

Reflections of Me will be launched at a unique event of live hiphop, poetry, art and include a Q&A with the author. Book tickets and pre-order the book here

Refuge: The Collected Poetry of JJ Bola to be published alongside No Place To Call Home paperback

We’re delighted to announce that we will be publishing REFUGE: The Collected Poetry of JJ Bola which will be launched on 18th October at The Africa Centre in a double launch alongside the paperback edition of No Place To Call Home.

JJ Bola has previously published three collections of poetry; Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014) and WORD (2015). Refuge brings together, for the first time, all of JJ Bola’s poetry in one definitive collection.

After taking No Place To Call Home around the world and launching it to critical and reader acclaim in June 2017,  No Place To Call Home will now be published in paperback on the 18th October.

Join us at the launch and buy tickets here

We would like to thank The Africa Centre for being our official launch venue sponsor.

REFUGE: The Collected Poetry of JJ Bola

ABOUT THE BOOK

JJ Bola has published three collections of poetry; Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014) and WORD (2015). Refuge brings together, for the first time, all of JJ Bola’s poetry in one definitive collection.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

JJ BOLA is a Kinshasa born, London raised writer, poet, educator and workshop facilitator. He performs regularly at shows and festivals around the world. JJ Bola’s work is centred on a narrative of empowerment, humanisation, healing of trauma as well as discovery of self through art, literature and poetry. He believes that the true purpose of art is to expose the reality of this world and how to, most importantly, survive it. No place To Call Home is JJ Bola’s debut novel.


VIDEOS/PHOTOS

JJ Bola in conversation with actress Cate Blanchett in Switzerland for the UN Refugee Agency

Storytelling and the Power of One – A conversation hosted by Cate Blanchett

Our Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett is speaking live with refugee Aya Abdullah and former refugee JJ Bola on the power of storytelling.

Posted by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency on Monday, January 22, 2018

 


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