Audience Reaction – Endless Fortune by Ify Adenuga – Book Launch

A celebration of the one-year publication anniversary of Ify Adenuga’s critically acclaimed memoir, Endless Fortune.

Featuring Ify in conversation with author of That Reminds Me, Derek Owusu.

Endless Fortune tells the life story of Ify Adenuga: a fighter, a thinker, a feminist and a parent.

The first book of its kind from the mother of successful British creatives to examine the experience of the African Diaspora and the complication around immigration from a personal perspective.

GET YOUR COPY HERE.

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PUBLISHING NEWS


THIS MONTH WE CELEBRATED THE ONE-YEAR PUBLICATION ANNIVERSARY OF IFY ADENUGA’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MEMOIR ENDLESS FORTUNE 


We had the best time celebrating the Publication Anniversary of Ify Adenuga‘s, Endless Fortune. With Ify in conversation with author of That Reminds MeDerek Owusu, followed by live readings, Q&A and an evening of good food, good music, good people and good vibes.


AN ABOLITIONIST’S HANDBOOK: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World.

We are so proud to be publishing AN ABOLITIONIST’S HANDBOOK: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors – New York Times bestselling author and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter.

Read more about Patrisse here

Check out the article in The Bookseller here

Cullors charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable pedagogy on the history of abolition, a reimagining of what reparations look like for Black Lives and real-life anecdotes from Cullors.


LISTEN UP…


This months playlist is inspired by Kirsty Latoya’s art and poetry book: Reflections of Me. From Lauryn Hill to Little Simz, Chaka Khan to Nas, each song on this playlist reflects the themes of the book, made up of sections on mental health, identity, womanhood, masculinity and love.

GET YOUR COPY OF REFLECTIONS OF ME HERE

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY HERE

LISTEN ON APPLE MUSIC HERE


NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2021

In celebration of this years National Poetry Day, we re-read one of our favourite poetry collections.

REFUGE by JJ Bola brings together all of his poetry in one definitive anthology.

REFUGE by JJ Bola brings together all of his poetry in one definitive anthology.


AGENCY NEWS


INTRODUCING…ROSHAANTE ANDERSON

WELCOME TO THE OWN IT! FAMILY ROSHAANTE!

26-year-old, Roshaante Deluis Anderson. Model, Actor, and Activist, who happens to also be an Intersex Male.

Roshaante has been in the performing arts since age 2 and is now currently in the creative arts.

Roshaante is also a YouTuber, known for his honest videos that tackle topics others are too afraid to take on, speaking on the challenges and internal battles he has faced and continues to face as an intersex man.

Check out his channel here.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH MORE ON ROSHAANTE’S JOURNEY


OUT NOW: COSMOGRAMMA BY COURTTIA NEWLAND

Yesterday we celebrated the publication day for Courttia Newland’s collection of speculative fiction stories: COSMOGRAMMA

From the author of A RIVER CALLED TIME and THE SCHOLAR, Courttia Newland’s exquisite collection depicts an alternate future as lived by the African diaspora. 

Get your copy here.


PAPERBACK COVER REVEAL: Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE

Check out the gorgeous blue cover for the paperback edition of Salena Goddens

life-affirming fire-starter of a novel, MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH.

Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from an eternity of her job and now seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. She meets Wolf, a troubled young writer, who – enthralled by her stories – begins to write Mrs Death’s memoirs.

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW


A BEAUTIFUL, CELEBRATORY AND JOYFUL BOOK OF

BEDTIME STORIES

Written and illustrated by creators of colour and showcasing a curated collection of favourite tales from Black History. With a foreword by Candice Brathwaite and contributions from OWN IT!’s Ify Adenuga, Mahamed Hashi and Reggie Nelson.

GET YOUR COPY HERE

OWN IT! x Boy Better Know: Book Launch for Endless Fortune by Ify Adenuga

A celebration of the one-year publication anniversary of Ify Adenuga’s critically acclaimed memoir, Endless Fortune.

Featuring Ify in conversation with author of That Reminds Me, Derek Owusu.

Endless Fortune tells the life story of Ify Adenuga: a fighter, a thinker, a feminist and a parent.

The first book of its kind from the mother of successful British creatives to examine the experience of the African Diaspora and the complication around immigration from a personal perspective.

GET YOUR COPY HERE.

#FirstFridays Cosmogramma by Courttia Newland

An OWN IT! curated playlist released on the first Friday of every month.

With a sharply crafted list of songs carefully curated by OWN IT!, this months playlist is tailored to each story of Courttia Newland’s first collection of speculative fiction, COSMOGRAMMA.

LISTEN ON APPLE MUSIC HERE

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY HERE

FULL PLAYLIST:

COSMOGAMMA BY COURTTIA NEWLAND

In his sharply crafted, unnerving first collection of speculative fiction shorts, Courttia Newland envisages an alternate future as lived by the African diaspora.

Robots used as human proxies in a war become driven by all-too-human desires; Kill Parties roam the streets of a post-apocalyptic world; a matriarchal race of mer creatures depends on inter-breeding with mortals to survive; mysterious seeds appear in cities across the world, growing into the likeness of people in their vicinity.

Through transfigured bodies and impossible encounters, Newland brings a sharp, fresh eye to age-old themes of the human capacity for greed, ambition and self-destruction, but ultimately of our strength and resilience.

GET YOUR COPY HERE

Roshaante Anderson

26-year-old, Roshaante Deluis Anderson. Model, Actor, and Activist, who happens to also be an Intersex Male.

Roshaante has been in the performing arts since age 2 and is now currently in the creative arts.

Roshaante is also a YouTuber, known for his honest videos that tackle topics others are too afraid to take on, speaking on the challenges and internal battles he has faced and continues to face as an intersex man. Check out his channel here.