EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! Soccology, the invaluable guide for the modern footballer that contains lessons from the beautiful game in how to be the best versions of ourselves– is now set to be available as audiobook via Audible: December 13th.

Don’t have time to sit down and pick up a book? Don’t worry, we’ve got you this Christmas! Take a break from the stress of shopping, decorating and waiting around for delayed trains by tuning into Soccology, from the comfort of your own devices.

Kevin George, author of Soccology, spent eight years as a professional footballer, including for clubs such as West Ham United and Charlton Athletic FC. After retiring as a professional footballer, Kevin used his experience and insight to develop Soccology, a human performance programme that has been widely endorsed by key footballing and sports figures around the world.

Kevin regularly works with prisons and schools on conflict resolution and the Soccology programme has been delivered across all Premier League football clubs. He is a passionate advocate for how understanding human behaviour can have a significant impact on decision making both on and off the pitch.

“Kevin has used his experiences as a young professional football player to challenge traditional practices and views for the betterment of the young people he works with, encouraging them to take control of their own lives to make the best of life’s opportunities.” – Martyn Heather, Head of Education at the Premier League

Download your copy from December 13th, via Audible.

OWN IT! have secured a film & TV option deal with ‘Second Generation’ for Ashley Hickson-Lovence’s, The 392.

We are very excited to announce we have secured a film and TV option deal with Helen Monks Takhar and Danny Takhar, the founders of new London-based film & TV production company – ‘Second Generation’. Specialising in book-to-screen adaptations and self-generated content, Helen and Danny are adapting and exec producing Ashley Hickson-Lovence’s debut novel The 392 for TV.
Link to full article here: https://deadline.com/2019/10/helen-monks-takhar-former-sky-exec-danny-takhar-set-up-uk-drama-firm-set-first-project-1202750018/

Ashley Hickson-Lovence reads from his debut novel THE 392

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Set entirely on a London bus travelling from Hoxton to Highbury and taking place over just 36 minutes, the events of The 392 unfold through a cast of charismatic characters coming from very different worlds, but tied together through a shared suspicion as the threat of terrorism looms. On the 392 are all the familiar faces you might expect to see on any bus ride through inner-city London in the grips of gentrification: delinquent school kids, the high-flyers, the weird, the wonderful and the homeless. The 392 is primarily about uncovering the passengers’ hidden stories; agendas and ambitions. Switching between the different perspectives powerfully places the reader in the shoes of each character as they observe and make their way to work, school or court. Ultimately The 392 is a novel about people, places and perceptions.

OWN IT! to co-publish collection edited by Jude Yawson in conjunction with BBC 1Xtra and Contains Strong Language for exciting new Words First initiative

BBC launches search for best new poetry artists with Jude Yawson

BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network and BBC Contains Strong Language have today launched ‘Words First’, a talent development scheme aiming to discover the best emerging poetry talent in the UK.

Jude Yawson, will provide guidance and mentoring for the finalists throughout the scheme and choose 12 poets whose work he will edit in a book of poetry to be co-published by OWN IT! and Wrecking Ball Press.

Jude Yawson comments ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into young minds at a unique point in time. We live in an interconnected world which contains a lot of dialogue on things that impact our lives within the public sphere. Although the future belongs to the youth, we rarely get to understand their future ambitions articulated purely by themselves. In editing this book my hope is to delve into the idea of interconnectivity, through the eyes of young creatives, by empowering them to explore themes of identity connectivity and mobility. I’m so excited about the talent we are going to unearth and about editing a book which will not only offer a platform to a new generation of creatives, but also spark important conversations about the true meaning of connectivity in the modern age’

Working together with poetry organisations across the country, the Words First scheme is looking for people who are passionate about spoken word in any form. From rappers and MCs to poets and lyricists, anyone with an interest in developing their spoken word skills can apply here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4vMSbh4t5xmTgMCg4NJ6ntQ/words-first-are-you-the-next-spoken-word-star