Announcement: Tomaso Mannu joins OWN IT! Agency

Announcing the latest addition to OWN IT! Agency: development chef consultant and content creator, Tomaso Mannu.

Tomaso Mannu is a culinary mastermind and food innovation trailblazer with an established track record of elevating dining experience to new heights. He grew up in Sardinia, before moving to London at 19 and since then has worked with some of the best chefs in the world across his culinary career.

Today, Tomaso is a food innovator and development chef consultant by day, and content creator by night. Across his channels, he shares his pro tips, recipes and his experience to help drive the shift towards a sustainable reality, led by taste, style and fun. Through his channels, you won’t just learn how to cook amazing vegan meals as he also shares his personal journey and experiences with sustainable living, reducing his carbon footprint, staying healthy in body, mind and spirit to inspire and connect on a deeper level.

Announcement: Amah-Rose joins OWN IT! Agency

Announcing the latest addition to OWN IT! Agency: writer and broadcaster, Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams.

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams is a London-based writer, broadcaster and journalist. Having found her way to a career in arts journalism through the worlds of music and public relations, she became a critic and has written for artnet News, The Art Newspaper, Art in America, Frieze, Wallpaper, Esquire, GQ, The Guardian and The New York Times.

Amah-Rose is now in the process of bringing the story of The Keskidee Centre, her father’s legacy, to the public realm.

Announcement: Rose Ayling-Ellis joins OWN IT! Agency

Announcing the latest addition to OWN IT! Agency: BAFTA-winning actress, Rose Ayling-Ellis.

Rose Ayling-Ellis, Performer and BAFTA Breakthrough UK for 2022/23.

Rose Ayling-Ellis is a multi-award nominated actress. She recently starred in AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Josie Rourke. Her performance gained her an Olivier Award nomination as well as an Ian Charleson Award nomination. Rose is a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for 2022, and winner of BAFTA’s Must-See Moment of the Year 2022 for her groundbreaking performance in STRICTLY COME DANCING. She was the very first deaf contestant to appear on the show and her presence in the competition has quickly come to be seen as a landmark moment in British television. Rose’s breakthrough role as ‘Frankie’ in EASTENDERS made British television history when she became the first deaf actress to play a deaf character who uses British Sign Language (BSL) on the soap. Her standout performance earned her an NTA nomination for two consecutive years, the first for Best Newcomer and the second for Best Serial Drama Performance.

Other upcoming projects for Rose include the BBC One documentary ‘Signs for Change’ with James Rogan, highly anticipated drama CODE OF SILENCE for ITV and Mammoth Screen, and her own comedy series which she is developing. 

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Announcement: Hakim Adi joins OWN IT! Agency

Announcing the latest addition to OWN IT! Agency: Hakim Adi, historian, author, lecturer, and Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Prof. Hakim Adi is Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester and was the first historian of African heritage to become a professor of history in Britain. In January 2018, he launched the world’s first online Masters by Research (MRes) degree programme on the History of Africa and the African Diaspora. Hakim is also the founder and consultant historian of the Young Historians Project. 

His publications have been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese and include: Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 (Africa World Press, 2013), Pan-Africanism: A History (Bloomsbury Press, 2018) and, as editor, Black British History: New Perspectives (Zed, 2019) and Black Voices on Britain (Macmillan, 2022).

His latest publication is Africa and Caribbean People in Britain: A History (Allen Lane, 2022)

Announcement: Derek Owusu named in Granta’s Best of British Novelists List 2023

We could not be more excited to announce that Derek Owusu has been named in Granta’s once-in-a-decade list of Best British Novelists.

Previous writers in this prestigious list have included the likes of Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie and Kazuo Ishiguro. The selection, which took over two years to bring together and focuses on writers towards the start of their careers, was judged by authors Rachel Cusk, Helen Oyeyemi, Tash Aw and Brian Dillon, chaired by outgoing Granta magazine editor Sigrid Rausing, from a longlist compiled by the Granta editorial team.

Derek Owusu photographed for Granta Best of Young British Novelists, London, November 2022. (Photo/Alice Zoo)

Luke Neima, deputy editor of Granta, told The Bookseller: “The best thing the list can do is really help a younger writer to embark on their career; I think what the judges wanted was ambitious work, work that shows promise — they were thinking about the potential careers of these authors, not just the work that had been done.”

Derek Owusu is an award-winning writer and poet from North London. His debut novel, That Reminds Me, was the first book of fiction to be published under Stormzy’s #Merky Books imprint and won the Desmond Elliott Prize. His latest novel, Losing the Plot, is published with Canongate and has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2023.

You can read the full Bookseller article here.