Sharmila Chauhan (ZOOM)

Playwright and screenwriter Sharmila Chauhan’s work centres around female protagonists and explores the intersection of power, sex and gender roles. Her latest play Be Better in Bed tells the story of four women navigating polyamory, BDSM and pornography and raises important questions about sexuality and feminism.

Check out Sharmila’s event for #OWNITOnlineFest where she offers a live reading + leads a discussion on cross-cultural relationships and the Third Space with her host Chantelle Lewis. 

Reggie Nelson (INSTA LIVE)

Self-starter Reggie Nelson went viral as the 23-year-old from Canning Town who knocked on doors in Kensington, asking for life advice in order to make it in investment banking. Working his way up through five internships at various asset managers and a hedge fund in the city, the most notable being BlackRock and Aberdeen Standard Investments, Reggie is now a Fiduciary Management Analyst at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). Reflecting on his unique journey in finance.

Reggie hosts a session on career development, with special guests, focusing on finance (investment banking), law, the creative industry and marketing

Kirsty Latoya [KirzArt] (ZOOM WORKSHOP)

Check out this Zoom Workshop by Kirsty Latoya, also known as Kirzart, an artist from South London who specialises in digital illustration. She concentrates on important issues such as mental health through her art.

Having always drawn as a child Kirsty taught herself digital art 2 years ago and this is now her chosen medium. She uses her iPad to create art and uniquely uses her finger as a stylus. Grab your drawing tools and join her workshop on Art, Poetry and Wellness.

Purchase your copy of Reflections of Me here.

An art and poetry book by Kirsty Latoya. The book is made up of four sections – mental health, identity, womanhood and love, with images accompanied by original poems from the artist.

Ashley Hickson-Lovence (INSTA LIVE)

Ashley Hickson-Lovence is a former secondary. school. English teacher who grew up on a Hackney council estate and now resides in Norwich while he completes a Creative and Critical Writing PhD at the University of East Anglia.

Ashley reads from his debut novel and takes listeners on board of The 392.
Told from the perspectives of eleven passengers on a new fictional London single decker bus travelling from Hoxton to Highbury,

Part of the #OWNITOnlineFest – our first Virtual Online Arts Festival, that took place on the 8th-14th of June, including live readings, discussions, conversations sessions and workshops from OWN IT! Authors + Artists.

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Also available as Hardback HERE

Poetry with Sophia Thakur + Salena Godden (INSTA LIVE)

The #OWNITOnlineFest continues…! For those of you that missed out on any of the amazing sessions hosted by our OWN IT! Authors + Artists, watch this space for daily uploads of all sessions!

Check out the recording for Sophia Thakur + Salena Godden’s Insta Live session on Poetry.

Check out Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur:

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And Salena Godden’s upcoming debut novel, Mrs Death Misses Death – Available from January 28th 2021

Click here to pre-order your copy now

Click here to pre-order your copy now