APRIL 2022 NEWSLETTER

Keeping you up to date with all things OWN IT!


AGENCY NEWS

OWN IT! collaborates with Reggie Nelson to launch the #OpeningDoorsInitiative.

We are so excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Reggie Nelson to launch the #OpeningDoorsInitiative, in celebration of the publication of his book.

PRE-ORDER OPENING DOORS HERE

Bonnier Books will be our first partners on the initiative, with support from Creative Access and BTBS Charity.

If you are interested in learning about or working in publishing, this initiative is for you!

The work experience placement will offer the successful candidate an insight into two sides of the industry, comprising two weeks based in the adult editorial team at Bonnier Books UK’s HQ at Victoria House and two weeks at OWN IT!’s offices in Piccadilly Circus. 

The candidate will also receive a coaching session from Bonnier Books UK CEO Perminder Mann and separately from OWN IT! CO-CEO Crystal Mahey-Morgan.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE + APPLY


ANNOUNCEMNT

We are so excited to welcome Marienna Pope-Weidemann to the OWN IT! family.

Marienna Pope-Weidemann is a writer, activist and journalist with a decade of experience in storytelling for social justice. She is now working on her first book, Justice For All Of Us, a creative nonfiction collection of stories from families like Marienna’s, who have lost someone they loved at the hands of the state and are fighting for change.

Click here to read more about Marienna.

Justice For All Of Us collects the stories of ten lives lost. Some, like Sean RiggMatthew Leahy and Olaseni Lewis, are well known. Others are names you’ve never heard before. In custody, in hospital or in the streets, all died in hands of services we are taught to trust. As inspiring as they are devastating, these are stories of love, loss and what keeps us going against all the odds.

The book was inspired by Marienna’s experience working with other bereaved families and leading the Justice for Gaia campaign on behalf of her own. Her cousin Gaia Pope, a survivor of sexual violence, was let down by the mental health system and the police after they took no further action following her rape allegation against a known child sex offender.


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COSMOGRAMMA

BY COURTTIA NEWLAND

Spotted in Liverpool Street Station’s Waterstones.

Courttia Newland’s collection of speculative short stories COSMOGRAMMA is one of Waterstones Staff pick’s!

Head down to your local Waterstones to pick up your copy today or click here to visit their online shop.


Check out Jude Yawson’s interview with John Boyega for COMPLEX UK


PUBLISHING NEWS

PUBLICATION ANNIVERSARY

This month we celebrated the 3-year Publication Anniversary of Ashley Hickson-Lovence’s, THE 392. 

GET YOUR COPY HERE

We love this pic of Ashley, sitting next to piles of Hardback copies of his debut novel ❤️

The 392 is now available in paperback and audiobook – with 9 different narrators!


SASHA KNIGHT by SEAN GODFREY – PUBLISHING JUNE 23rd 

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER – CLICK HERE

PRE-ORDER BEFORE JUNE FOR AUTOMATIC FREE ENTRY TO OUR PUBLICATION DAY EVENT!

A coming-of-age novel, alternating between past and present and shifting back and forth from Jamaica and the United States, SASHA KNIGHT picks apart the puzzle left behind when 11-year-old Sasha disappears. Everyone seems convinced she has simply run away…

…On the days when he can’t hear her,

Matthew believes it too.

PRE-ORDER HERE


This April we celebrated the 2-year anniversary of Stuart Goodman‘s passing.

An East London native, former fleet street photographer and talented Jazz trumpeter, who played in an early incarnation of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Stuart was a dear friend and member of the OWN IT! family and his memory continues to live on through his work.

It is our absolute honour that we were able to publish Stuart’s brilliant photography book ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET.

To see more of Stuart’s work, click here. 
To purchase Stuart’s book and prints in various sizes, visit WWW.OWNIT.LONDON/SHOP


As a result of the pandemic and losing Stuart Goodman in 2020, this meant that we were unable to hold a publication day event for Stuart to celebrate his photography book ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKT.

This year, we were finally able to come together with Stuart’s family and friends and celebrate his life, his work and the book. 

Check out some photos from the event below.

GET YOUR COPY OF AN ABOLITIONIST’S HANDBOOK HERE

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At its heart, this is a book which allows us to re-imagine the world, making it a better and more equal place for all. 

NOW AVAILABLE

If you loved Stuart Goodman’s photography book ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET as much as us, then you’ll love this…

Prints now available in various sizes.

Hahnemüle Fine Art Print on Hahnemüle FineArt Baryta.

CLICK HERE to order now.

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MARCH 2022 NEWSLETTER

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AGENCY NEWS

We are so excited to share a double celebration this month with OWN IT!’s co-founder Crystal Mahey-Morgan shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year and Salena Godden‘s intoxicating debut MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH, shortlisted for Book of the Year Fiction: Début!

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ANNOUNCEMNT

We are so excited to welcome Sian Anderson to the OWN IT! family.

Sian Anderson is a media powerhouse. As well as running Saint Music – her own Record Label alongside Parlophone Records, Sian also holds down a daytime presenter/DJ slot on BBC Radio 1Xtra (Friday and Saturday 4-7pm) and a specialist show (Monday nights 9-11pm), runs youth mentoring programme Nexxt Step supported by the Mayor of London and has released her debut cookbook Sian And(her)Son.

Raised in Lewisham, South London, Sian fell into grime early on, sparring with friends in the playground over ripped Wiley and Ruff Sqwad instrumentals. Her love for the sound was passed on from her older brother who would, every night, crank his speakers to full volume and blare garage, jungle and drum and bass sets that would shake the ceiling above Sian’s room. When (at Live Magazine) she began to interview artists such as Nu Brand Flexxx and Kano, she soon realised that the life of an MC was not for her. She much preferred talking and writing about the music. It was at this point that she and best friend Julie Adenuga pulled together and decided to send a pilot into underground radio station Rinse FM. The demo, recorded on Julie’s iPhone, would never be heard by Rinse’s higher-ups, but, as is the way of the world, Rinse would eventually get in touch with the pair anyway, offering them a show on the station, Sundays at 11am.


PUBLISHING NEWS

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AN ABOLITIONIST’S HANDBOOK: #TheLondonTour with Patrisse Cullors

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH DAY ONE OF #TheLondonTour with Patrisse Cullors.

Part of #TheLondonTour and in celebration of International Women’s Day. Patrisse Cullors is co-founder and former executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Conversation led by Richie Brave Presenter, Broadcaster and writer.

Although due to circumstances beyond our control Patrisse had to join us virtually at SoHo House, for the first stop of #TheLondonTour, her energy and vibrancy was so powerful that it really felt like Patrisse was in the room with us.

This event is brought to you by OWN IT! a storytelling lifestyle brand publishing and producing powerful content across books, music art and film and Kayza Rose, a creative producer, artistic director, filmmaker, activist and Arts Council England – Change Maker. Kayza is the founding director of BLM Fest, which was created to celebrate Black lives. 


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CLICK HERE TO WATCH DAY 2 – PATRISSE CULLORS AT RICH MIX 

Patrisse joined us at Rich Mix to talk about activism, art and abolition to celebrate her new book AN ABOLITIONIST’S HANDBOOK: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World. 

Conversation led by presenter, broadcaster and writer Riche Brave.

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Patrisse Cullors at WOW Fest

Patrisse joined us at The Royal Festival Hall for Women of the World Fest, to discuss activism, community work & the importance of humour, with writer Afua Hirsch, author of Brit(ish).

WOW 2022

An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World

by bestselling author and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation Patrisse Cullors. With over 20 years on the frontlines of abolitionist organising, Cullors offers a bold, innovative and humanistic approach to how to be a modern-day abolitionist.

GET YOUR COPY HERE

At its heart, this is a book which allows us to re-imagine the world, making it a better and more equal place for all. 

We’re so excited for you to come on this journey with us. 

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If you loved Stuart Goodman’s photography book ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET as much as us, then you’ll love this…

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Prints now available in various sizes.

Hahnemüle Fine Art Print on Hahnemüle FineArt Baryta.

CLICK HERE to order now.

JANUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER

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PUBLISHING NEWS


ABOLITIONIST COVER REVEAL SLIDER

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An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World

by bestselling author and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation Patrisse Cullors. With over 20 years on the frontlines of abolitionist organising, Cullors offers a bold, innovative and humanistic approach to how to be a modern-day abolitionist.

GET YOUR COPY HERE

At its heart, this is a book which allows us to re-imagine the world, making it a better and more equal place for all.

We’re so excited for you to come on this journey with us.


PATRISSE CULLORS IN LONDON

Women of the World festival presents a very special evening with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, author, educator, artist and abolitionist.

Cullors discusses her groundbreaking book, imagining a world where communities are treated with dignity, care and respect.She provides the tools to equip everyday activists to effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future, leading with love, fierce compassion and precision.

Friday 11 Mach

7pm | Royal Festival Hall

Join us to learn the history of abolition, reimagine what reparations might look like for Black lives and get the tools to envision change and healing.


AGENCY NEWS


OUT NOW IN PAPERBACK

Mrs Death Missses Death – the intoxicating debut novel by Salena Godden.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURNS PRIZE

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Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now

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We LOVE these photos of Salena and the big, beautiful, blue display window in Charing Cross Road’s, Foyles.

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she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death, but until now hadn’t met Death in person – a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen.

GET YOUR COPY HERE


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We celebrated the one-year hardback publication anniversary of Salena Godden’s Mrs Death Misses Death.

It’s been amazing to see its journey. Here are just a few of our favourite photos from happy readers.

Published by Canongate.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY


A RIVER CALLED TIME

By Courttia Newland

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03 February

LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURNS PRIZE

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Published by Canongate.

A monumental speculative fiction story of love, loyalty, politics and conscience set in parallel Londons.

The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning. Years later, Markriss Denny is one of the select few granted entry. He carries with him a closely guarded secret: the ability of his spirit to leave his body and transcend the known world.

But once in, he learns of another who carries the same power, and their existence could spell catastrophe for humanity. Denny is forced into a desperate race to understand his abilities, and in doing so uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself and the people he thought he once knew.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER


ABOUT THIS BOY

Growing up, making mistakes and becoming me

By Leon Rolle (Locksmith from Rudimental) and Derek Owusu (Author of That Reminds Me).Out 03 FebruayLeon “Locksmith” Rolle is one-quarter of the phenomenally successful band Rudimental. In this book, he shares his aspirational story. With chapters on mindset, self-belief and confidence, Leon encourages you to find balance and happiness, no matter what life throws at you.

Leon grew up in Hackney, where he played semi-professional football and went on to form Rudimental with three childhood friends.

Published by Walker Books.

Things weren’t always easy for me growing up, and I made a lot of mistakes. But I don’t regret any of it, because everything that’s happened has made me Locksmith, and that makes me proud. I want you to be proud of yourself too. You have the power to be great, and successes, mistakes and failures are all just a part of life. It’s the journey that counts, because that’s what makes you who you are.” – Leon “Locksmith” Rolle


ANNOUNCEMENT

We are so excited to welcome Toni Tone to the OWN IT! family.

Toni is a Content Creator, Speaker, & Author. Her debut book, ‘I Wish I Knew This Earlier – Lessons on Love’ became an instant Sunday Times Bestseller.

Follow Toni Tone on socials:

INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

In 2021 Toni featured alongside her family in Channel 4’s ‘Highlife’ – a docu-ality series following the lives of a group of young, ambitious, British West Africans. In the same year she presented her very own podcast ‘Money Moves’ – a tool kit to give young listeners confidence in managing their relationship with money, in collaboration with BBC Sounds.

In 2019 Toni was announced as the first-ever ambassador for the charity Young Women’s Trust – a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women across the UK.


DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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PUBLISHING NEWS

We couldn’t be prouder to be publishing An Abolitionist’s Handbook by Patrisse Cullors on 25 Jan and are excited to reveal the cover in partnership with www.ReformTheFunk.com. 

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At its heart, this is a book which allows us to re-imagine the world, making it a better and more equal place for all. 

We’re so excited for you to come on this journey with us. 

Pre-order here.


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CHECK OUT THIS AUDIENCE REACTION FROM OUR LAST EVENT – CELEBRATING THE ONE-YEAR PUBLICATION ANNIVERSARY OF IFY ADENUGA’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MEMOIR

ENDLESS FORTUNE 

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AGENCY NEWS


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We love Robert Kazandjian’s profile on the incredible Derek Owusu in the latest eedition of HUCK Magazine. 

Read more about Issue 76 here.

Purchase your copy here.


So proud to see Roshaante Anderson representing in this Pretty Little Thing Campaign, looking so fly!

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.