SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

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PUBLISHING NEWS


THIS MONTH WE CELEBRATE THE PUBLICATION BIRTHDAY OF THESE OWN IT! READS.

HOW TO: BE MORE PIRATE 

BY SAM CONNIFF AND ALEX BARKER

It’s been a year since the publication of HOW TO: Be More Pirate by Sam Conniff and Alex Barker, the follow-up book to Sam Conniff’s 2018 bestseller Be More Pirate or How to Take On the World and Win.

Whether you want to overcome personal limitations, upend the status quo in your line of work, or find some co-conspirators, this book will help you to be more radical, relentless, and ambitious in your life and work.

Get your copy here.

Also available as an audiobook.

Check out our #FirstFriday OWN IT! curated playlist based on this book, HERE.


USE WORDS FIRST

EDITED BY JUDE YAWSON.

USE WORDS FIRST – a collection of 12 poets from Words First – a scheme from BBC Radio 1Xtra, Asian Network and BBC Contains Strong Language – aimed at finding the best emerging spoken word talent in the UK. Brought together in this brilliant anthology edited by Jude Yawson, co-writer of Stormzy’s Rise Up: The Story So far and contributor to the SAFE anthology edited by Derek Owusu.

Exploring themes of identity, connectivity and mobilisation, USE WORDS FIRST brings together eclectic styles and people all exploring humanity in their own unique ways. This is a snapshot of some of the struggles, inspirations and muses of young Britain today expressed through poetry that spans from the personal to the political and is always full of beauty and power.

Get your copy now from WWW.OWNIT.LONDON/SHOP


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So great to see Ify Adenuga on the cover of Get Familiar Mag.

“Get Familiar Magazine is an independent and award-winning print publication that explores the intersection between hip-hop and the world around us. Get Familiar provide long-form interviews that tell the stories of global tastemakers active in a wide range of industries – using hip-hop as the vehicle through which we address past, present and future socio-political issues. From music to literature and photography to politics, we strive to have our content reflect the versatility of the genre’s influence.”

GET YOUR COPY HERE


LISTEN UP…


Exploring the themes from within USE WORDS FIRST: identity, connectivity and mobilisation. This months playlist brings together eclectic styles and people all exploring humanity in their own unique ways. Like the book, this playlist is a snapshot of some of the struggles, inspirations and muses of young Britain today.

LISTEN NOW ON APPLE MUSIC/SPOTIFY.

Get your copy of USE WORDS FIRST here: WWW.OWNIT.LONDON/SHOP


CHECK THIS OUT…


Catch Ify on the next stop of her Nationwide Book Tour at Wimbledon BookFest on the 18th of September. Tickets here.


CHECK OUT THESE OWN IT! READS 

AVAILABLE AS AUDIOBOOK’S VIA AUDIBLE


ENDLESS FORTUNE BY IFY ADENUGA

THE 392 BY ASHLEY HICKSON-LOVENCE

HOW TO: BE MORE PIRATE BY SAM CONNIFF AND ALEX BARKER

SOCCOLOGY BY KEVIN GEORGE


AGENCY NEWS


WE LOVE THE NEW PAPERBACK COVER FOR COURTTIA NEWLAND’S A RIVER CALLED TIME 

PAPERBACK COVER DESIGN BY VALERI RANGELOV FOR CANONGATE

OUT FEBRUARY 2022

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE.


SALENA GODDEN @ LIFE AND RHYMES

OWN IT! had a really great afternoon at the recording for SkyArt’s LIFE AND RHYMES. 

The first show of its kind, hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah, Life and Rhymes is a celebration of the spoken word, shining a spotlight on British voices with inspiring performances from both established and new talent.

AUGUST 2021 NEWSLETTER

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PUBLISHING NEWS


We are so excited to be publishing SASHA KNIGHT, the debut novel from Sean Godfrey, in SPRING 2022. 

Alternating between past and present, 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 that she has simply run away. Sometimes, on the good days, when she isn’t talking to him, her 9-year-old best friend Matthew believes it too…

A coming-of-age tale, portraying the perils of toxic masculinity and the damaging effects of emotional trauma.It also touches on the deep-seated class and colour divide in Jamaican society during the late 70’s and 80’s. A genre bending mashup that shakes the senses and tears at your heart.

Article from The Bookseller

LISTEN UP…

Inspired by Jill Johnson’s THE TIME BEFORE THE TIME TO COME and influenced by Māori culture, this month’s #FirstFriday’s Playlist takes you on a journey of revelations and self-discovery, exploring the significance of holding onto your heritage as a way of not letting go of yourself.

LISTEN NOW ON APPLE MUSIC/SPOTIFY.

Get you copy of The Time Before The Time To Come by Jill Johnson at WWW.OWNIT.LONDON/SHOP


THE 392 BY ASHLEY HICKSON-LOVENCE

NOW AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIOBOOK

THE 392 – the debut novel from Ashley Hickson-Lovence – is now available as an Audiobook via Audible. 

Featuring 9 narrators and set entirely on a London bus travelling from Hoxton to Highbury, taking place over just 36 minutes, the events of The 392 unfold through a cast of charismatic characters coming from very different worlds. These Londoners share two things: a bus journey and a threat. A threat which is ready to blow apart everything they know.

Download yours here.


ENDLESS FORTUNE BY IFY ADENUGA

NOW AVAILABLE IN ALL FORMATS


A captivating journey from the formidable Ify Adenuga, mother of Skepta, Jme, Julie and Jason Adenuga.

Part historical, part political but most of all hugely inspirational, Endless Fortune tells the life story of Ify Adenuga: A fighter, a thinker, a feminist and a parent. Born in Lagos, Ify’s life was uprooted by the Nigerian civil war, which ravaged the country in the mid-1960s, forcing her family to flee. In 1980, she headed to London in search of a better life where, a year later, she met her husband Joseph Senior at their workplace – a bingo hall in east London.

In the tough working-class area of Tottenham, the couple raised their four children, Skepta, Jme, Julie and Jason Adenuga and encouraged them to explore their artistic instincts, narrowly avoiding a violent situation that threatened to tear the family apart…

VISIT WWW.OWNIT.LONDON/SHOP TO GET YOUR COPY TODAY

OR VISIT AUDIBLE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR AUDIOBOOK – WITH AN INTRO FROM IFY ADENUGA, FEATURING SKEPTA’S MERCURY PRIZE SPEECH.


JULY 2021 Newsletter

Keeping you up to date with all things OWN IT!


PUBLISHING NEWS


LISTEN UP…

LISTEN NOW ON APPLE MUSIC/SPOTIFY.

This months #FirstFriday’s Playlist is inspired by Ify Adenuga’s critically acclaimed memoir ENDLESS FORTUNE.

Fleeing the civil war of the mid 60s, Ify exchanged war-torn Nigeria for the strange streets of London. This months playlist takes you on a captivating journey inspired by the one taken by the formidable Ify Adenuga, mother of Skepta, Jme, Julie and Jason Adenuga.

PAPERBACK PUBLICATION – OUT JULY 29th

Part historical, part political, but most of all hugely inspirational. Endless Fortune tells the life story of Ify Adenuga: A fighter, a thinker, a feminist and a parent.

Pre-order your personalised signed copy now from our online shop: HERE 

 NATIONWIDE BOOK TOUR

Join us in celebrating the paperback publication of Ify Adenuga’s memoir Endless Fortune (OUT JULY 29th) in paperback and as an audiobook.

Catch Ify next at the BLACK BRITISH BOOK FESTIVAL (Sunday 8th August) – Europes biggest Black book festival.

Get your tickets HERE.


AGENCY NEWS


Check out the proofs for Courttia Newland’s new collection of Sci-Fi stories COSMOGRAMMA – OUT 28TH OCTOBER 

Available for pe-order now from bookshop.org


BEAUTIFUL TALES FROM THE PAST: A celebratory collection of bedtime stories written and illustrated by black creators.

Coming October 2021

Scholastic’s new collection of children’s stories will feature OWN IT! authors/artists: Reggie Nelson, Ify Adenuga, Mahamed Hashi and Ashley Hickson Lovence. With a foreword by Candice Brathwaite. 


CHECK THIS OUT


Sam Conniff (Author of Be More Pirate and co-author of follow up book HOW TO: Be More Pirate) in Netflix documentary ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom‘.

JUNE 2021 NEWSLETTER

KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE WITH ALL THINGS OWN IT!


AGENCY NEWS


Salena Godden and Courttia Newland longlisted for Gordon Burn Prize

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The £5,000 prize, open to both fiction and non-fiction, is now in its ninth year and recognises “literature that is forward-thinking and fearless in both ambition and execution”.

Check out the full Gordon Burn Prize 2021 longlist here.

Read the full article in The Bookseller here.

Get your copy of: Salena Godden / MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH and Courttia Newland / A RIVER CALLED TIME


AGENCY DEALS


We’ve done a 2-book deal for Derek Owusu with Canongate.
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Read the full article here.


We’ve done a 3-book deal with HarperCollins, for the creators of Slay In Your Lane, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené. For a new children’s range: The Offline Diaries
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Promising one of the most exciting middle-grade moments of the year, The Offline Diaries is a fresh, funny and contemporary story of friendship, told in the captivating voices of Ade and Shanice – two utterly unforgettable Year 8 girls – who will seize the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere.

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Ade is about to start at a new school. She is NOT happy with her stepdad for making them move here. Shanice has been at the school for a year already. Since her mum died, she’s been living with her dad and annoying older brother, spending most of her time outside school in her dad’s hair salon. When Ade and Shanice meet in the salon, and spot each other’s diaries, an instant friendship is formed, and they start to chat online . . . but offline is a whole other story!

The Offline Diaries launches in hardback on 11 November 2021, with full black-and-white illustrations throughout and simultaneous e-book and audio publication.


6 OWN IT! authors contribute to THE PLACE FOR ME: STORIES ABOUT THE WINDRUSH GENERATION 
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On the 22nd of June, we celebrated the anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush in 1948 and the 40th anniversary of the heritage centre and charity. This year, we suggest getting a copy of THE PLACE FOR ME: Stories About the Windrush Generation, For 8+ readers, a beautiful, moving and authentic archive of stories, inspired by the real people of the Windrush Generation. Featuring 12 stories inspired by the people of the Windrush generation, drawn from Black Cultural Archives. Including a foreword by Baroness Floella Benjamin and 10 contributing authors who all have a connection to the Windrush generation, including OWN IT!’sKevin GeorgeSalena GoddenAshley Hickson-LovenceJermain Jackman, Kirsty Latoya and Quincy The comedian

Get your copy here


OWN IT! #FirstFridays PLAYLIST

OWN IT!’s #FirstFriday’sThis months playlist is inspired by MC Angel’s memoir MOMENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE, where she shares personal experiences of growing up on an inner-city London council estate as a White Working-Class Queer woman. Shauna’s words are an exploration of society and the political told through a very personal collage of experiences.

This playlist takes a ride through themes of the book with help from artist like Missy Elliot, Bronski Beat, The Internet, Task Force, Shay D and James Taylor.

Listen now via APPLE MUSIC/SPOTIFY.Visit ownit.london/playlists/ to view all previous #FirstFriday playlists

PUBLISHING NEWS


HAPPY PUBLICATION BIRTHDAY! NO PLACE TO CALL HOME by JJ BOLA

On the 22nd of June we celebrate the publication anniversary of JJ Bola’s debut novel NO PLACE TO CALL HOME.

We published NO PLACE TO CALL HOME 4 years ago now and holds a very special place in our hearts.

Get your copy HERE.

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IFY ADENUGA – NATIONWIDE BOOK TOUR

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Join us for @IfyAdenuga’s NATIONWIDE BOOK TOUR! In celebration of the paperback publication of her critically acclaimed memoir, ENDLESS FORTUNE, we’ll be kicking things off on the 10th of July with the Migration Matters Festival, in Sheffield!

Click here to get your tickets.


IN OTHER OWN IT! NEWS 


Reggie Nelson for LORD MAYORS APPEAL CHARITYLondon is one of the most diverse cities in the world, yet many people face significant barriers to getting a job or progressing their careers in the City.

 The Lord Mayors Appeal’s new campaign #ChangeStartsTogether aims to raise awareness of the importance of social mobility within the City of London & across the UK and Reggie Nelson is thrilled to have taken part in it, telling his own personal story. Find out more here.


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HAPPY PRIDE 2021!

The whole of June and in particular the 28th of June (Stonewall Uprisings) serve as a reminder of the power of standing together in defiance of those who seek to divide us. This Pride, we suggest this OWN IT! read.


Get ready for Euro 2020 with Kevin George’s, Soccology. Invaluable for the modern footballer and fascinating for anyone intrigued by the incredible connections between the heart, mind and body, Soccology contains lessons far beyond the beautiful game in how to be the best version of ourselves.

Get you copy here. 

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MAY 2021 NEWSLETTER

Because Stories are Life.

PUBLISHING NEWS

Super excited to announce we’ll be releasing Ify Adenuga’s critically acclaimed autobiography Endless Fortune in PAPERBACK on 29th July + have done a deal with Audible for the AUDIOBOOK. Get your pre-orders direct from us for a personalised signed copy https://ownit.london/shop/endless-fortune-by-ify-adenuga/

Read more here

USE WORDS FIRST

Edited by Jude Yawson

BBC Radio 1Xtra and Asian Network have teamed up with BBC Contains Strong Language for Words First, a scheme aimed at finding the best emerging spoken word talent in the UK. USE WORDS FIRST is a collection of 12 poets from Words First brought together in this brilliant anthology edited by Jude Yawson, co-writer of Stormzy’s Rise Up: The Story So far and contributor to the SAFE anthology edited by Derek Owusu.⠀

Get your copy of USE WORDS FIRST here.

Exploring themes of identity, connectivity and mobilisation, USE WORDS FIRST brings together eclectic styles and people all exploring humanity in their own unique ways. This is a snapshot of some of the struggles, inspirations and muses of young Britain today expressed through poetry that spans from the personal to the political and is always full of beauty and power.


AGENCY SPOTLIGHT


THE GUARDIAN CELEBRATES ITS 200th BIRTHDAY WITH A TRIO OF ROUSING FILMS

Environment. Equality. Stories.

This evoking short film, Equality, looks at civil rights and gender issues and is accompanied by a striking voiceover from writer, performance poet and activist Salena Godden.

Click here for more info and to watch all three short films.

Each film is dedicated to a different topic, all of which tie into the Guardians editorial mission. 


Retirement Hell: Why many Nigerian pensioners are denied access to their pensions.

BBC Africa Eye goes undercover to expose an ineffective and corrupt pension system in Nigeria, which leaves some elderly people sick and penniless, yet grants some politicians outrageous retirement packages.

Reporter Yemisi Adagoke travels to Cross River State to meet “Ghost Pensioners” – elderly people whom the state declared dead and deprived of their pensions.

Some of them are forced to rely on financial support from their relatives and are subjected to dehumanising treatment from the state officials for petitioning for their pensions to be reinstated.

Watch here


LISTEN TO THIS…

#FIRSTFRIDAYS

On the First Friday of every month, we release a playlist carefully curated with songs exploring the featured book of that month. ⠀

May’s playlist looks at the themes within the book NO PLACE TO CALL HOME, the debut novel by JJ Bola

Head over to ownit.london/first-fridays/ to check out the full playlist and for links to listen via Spotify or Apple Music.

Visit our shop ownit.london/category/playlists/ to view all previous playlists.


MAY HIGHLIGHTS


MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

In celebration of MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK (10-16 May 2021) we’d like to suggest some OWN IT! reads for you:


REMEMBERING TY


A year ago, May 7th 2020, our good friend Ty sadly passed away. His ‘Pass the Torch’ events meant so much to him and said so much about him. A chance to support a new generation of hiphop emcees and poets that he put everything into. It was an honour for us to be able to host them with him.