The book is a year-long project
undertaken by the author in order to find a way to connect to his younger
brother as Owusu’s brother “was getting into an increasing amount of trouble
and rapidly losing interest in his own life”. Each month, Derek will give his
brother a book (fiction, non-fiction or poetry), and pay him to read it. At the
end of the month, they will meet and discuss the book, its content, what it
said to them both, and what lessons (if any) it offered.
As much as this is a book about connecting to literature it is
also a book about two brothers connecting with each other.
Derek will pay his brother (who hates reading) to read a new
book each month, ranging from fiction, non-fiction and poetry. At the end of
each month the two brothers will meet to discuss the book, its content, what it
said to both of them and any lessons it might have offered.
Teaching My Brother To Read is about two brothers
connecting with each other through their own connection to literature.
Idris Elba of Green Door Pictures, commented:
“Derek’s book will be an inspiring exploration of
brotherhood and how literature can influence and transform lives. We are
genuinely excited about adapting this book as a work of fiction and
In addition to writing the book, Owusu will record a Teaching My Brother To Read podcast.
We’re very excited that Green Door Pictures have picked up the film/TV rights to this wonderful project. The book is set to release in 2021, following his first solo work That Reminds Me, a novel-in-verse, also published by #Merky Books, on 14th November 2019.
OWN IT! Welcomes co-founder of Brixton Soup
Kitchen and one of the Evening Standards top-most influential Londoners:
Mahamed Hashi, to OWN IT! Literary, Film and TV Agency.
Mahamed co-founded the Brixton Soup Kitchen in
January 2013 with his co-founder Solomon Smith, both Lambeth youth workers of
19 years, and lifelong Brixtonians. Realising the desperate need for such an
organisation, they help homeless people and Londoners in need by providing free
food, support and company. Their aim is to empower people in a warm and
friendly environment, helping them to gain the confidence and self-worth needed
to get back on their feet.
Heavily involved in the community and a
representative of several community groups, Mahamed has been recognised for his
work by South London Press, who awarded him with the ‘Our Hero’s Award’. Most
recently Mahamed became the first Elected Somali Councillor in Lambeth,
representing Stockwell Ward and won the national LGIU Councillors Achievement
Awards just 6 months into his new role. We are very excited to have such an
incredible addition to the OWN IT! Literary, Film and TV Agency.
“So excited to be joining the OWN IT! team, as
well as having the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of Jude Yawson”
Mahamed will be represented by Crystal Mahey-Morgan, who commented:
“It’s exciting to be working with someone who has a solid
history of helping the community and pushing boundaries and we’re very much
looking forward to working with Mahamed across many interesting projects”
We are so excited to announce the incredible Salena Godden’s debut novel, is set to be published by Cannongate on 4th February 2021.
If you were lucky enough to catch it, in 2018 a BBC Radio 4 documentary was broadcast, capturing the creation of this new experimental work, in which death is personified as a woman. If you didn’t, worry not, it’s not long to wait until the release of Mrs Death Misses Death – a novel you DO NOT want to miss!
We are so excited to welcome Reggie Nelson, the innovative
young man who went ‘from East London to the City’. Achieving this by knocking
on the doors of people in wealthy area’s and asking for life advice. On his
journey, Reggie has completed five internships at various asset managers and a
hedge fund in the city, the most notable being BlackRock and Aberdeen Standard
He is described by former Prime Minister, Theresa May, as a “persistent and inspiring young person”.
“I’m really looking forward to
working on a lot of cool projects with the OWN IT! Team, and I’m glad I get to
work with a team that really buys into my vision and will help me elevate from
more than one angle”
Reggie Nelson will be represented by Crystal Mahey-Morgan,
“Reggie personifies innovation, initiative and
inspiration. He had the courage and audacity to knock on stranger’s doors to
ask for advice on how to be successful and through this opened many future
doors for himself. He is now passionate about opening doors for others through
his story and experiences and we’re truly delighted to have him join the OWN