Shauna O’Briain

Shauna O’Briain aka 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.

Shauna O’Briain aka MC Angel is author of Moments of Significance, a non-linear memoir 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.

We publish Shauna O’Briain through OWN IT! Stories and also represent her for Film and TV rights.

Ashley Hickson-Lovence

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.

Ashley is author of debut novel The 392.

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 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.

We publish Ashley-Hickson Lovence through OWN IT! Stories and also represent him for Film and TV Rights.

Robyn Travis

Robyn has been a guest speaker at a number of high profile Literature Festivals including Cheltenham, WOMAD, Bare Lit and Stoke Newington as well as a key note speaker at The London Book Fair and Publisher Association’s inclusivity Conference. He 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 to offer solutions to help prevent youth violence. 

Robyn Travis has written 2 books: Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man and contributed an essay to the SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, an anthology edited by Derek Owusu.

Prisoner to the Streets – a honest and hard-hitting memoir about being caught up on a negative path and the misconceptions about the ‘London postcode wars’ and ‘gangs’.

Mama Can’t Raise No Man – a debut novel exploring different definitions of masculinity, being on the margins of society, broken family units and the need for role models. 

Both books had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across TV, radio and press reaching a wide readership. They were also both featured in the Amani film which got a million views online in just 4 days.

We publish Robyn Travis through OWN IT! Stories and also represent him for film and TV rights..

Jude Yawson

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Jude is a multifaceted writer of essays, articles, and poetry. He recently became an author, co-writing and editing Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far with Stormzy and the Merky Team. Jude curates his eclectic writing through his website The House Of Horus where 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.

We represent Jude for Literary, Film and TV rights. To speak about any of these rights please email: Agency@OWNIT.London

Kevin George Book Launch for Soccology at Waterstones Gower Street

When: 13 February 2019

Where: Waterstones Gower Street, WC1E 6EQ

Time: 6:30 – 8:30PM

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We’re delighted to present an evening with former footballer and author of Soccology Kevin George, who will be joined by author, activist and rapper Akala; Premiership footballer Cyrus Christie; and sports performance specialist Andy Ansah.

Football focuses heavily on physical prowess and talent, but the great players possess something extra: the ability to make good decisions on and off the pitch. To unlock their true potential players need to go beyond their gifts with the ball at their feet and focus as much on their hearts and minds.

Having spent eight years as a professional footballer, Kevin used his experiences and insight to develop Soccology, a human performance programme that has been widely endorsed by key footballing and sports figures around the world and which he has taught across all Premiere League clubs.

Join us for a lively discussion around football and mental health, emotional intelligence, performance, decision making, and how we measure success on and off the pitch, with an experienced and engaging panel who have all been involved in the beautiful game.

Please be aware this event will be filmed.

Tickets are £10/ £8 (students/Waterstones cardholders) or £18 including a copy of Soccology. All tickets include a glass of wine or soft drink

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