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 non-fiction.”

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 the latest addition to the Literary, Film & TV Agency: Mahamed Hashi

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.

Mahamed commented:

“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”

Canongate set to publish poet and performer Salena Godden’s “electrifying genre- and form-defying Firestarter” debut novel: Mrs Death Misses Death.

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!

Introducing Reggie Nelson, the man who went ‘from East London to the City’, now signed to OWN IT! Literary, Film and TV Agency.

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 Investments.

He is described by former Prime Minister, Theresa May, as a “persistent and inspiring young person”.

Reggie commented:

“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, who commented:

“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 IT! collective”.