Mama Can’t Raise No Man by Robyn Travis

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Mama Can’t Raise No Man is Robyn Travis’ debut novel and unfolds through a series of letters between a colorful cast of characters and the main protagonist, Duane, who despite his efforts to turn his life around, once again finds himself in prison. This time it’s on charges of intent to supply drugs and domestic violence, but things are not as clear-cut as they seem.

Mama Can’t Raise No Man is a unique and eye-opening exploration of black masculinity. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges different definitions of manhood, whilst remaining an engaging, witty and at times laugh-out-loud-funny novel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robyn Travis

Robyn is author of Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man which had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across a wide readership. The book launched to a packed out Hackney Empire and quickly sold out. Robyn is a passionate speaker and advocate for young people and regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations.

VIDEO FROM THE LAUNCH OF MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN

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Audible have bought rights to Mama Can’t Raise No Man.

You can now enjoy the many characters and vibrant voices of the novel in audio format with narrator Adjoa Andoh (narrator of books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Malorie Blackman) voicing all the female characters and Damian Lynch (narrator of audiobooks such as The Secret Footballer series) voicing all the male characters.

Click the image to hear a sample of the audiobook.


Mama Can’t Raise No Man is the only debut novel to be published by a Black British Male in 2016. Click below to read the full Guardian article

 


Mama Can’t Raise No Man book launch sells out 1300 capacity Hackney Empire and sells over 600 advanced tickets. Click below image for full article


Robyn Travis attends Cheltenham Literary Festival and copies of Mama Can’t Raise No Man sell out in the book signing after his event. Below he’s featured with poet and author Salena Godden



Robyn Travis appears on London Live TV talking about Mama Can’t Raise No Man

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No Place To Call Home by JJ Bola

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Jean starts at a new school and struggles to fit in. He develops an unlikely friendship with rowdy class mate James, who gets him into a string of sticky situations; fights, theft, and more. At home, his parents, Mami and Papa, who fled political violence in Congo under the dictatorial regime of Le Marechal, to seek asylum as refugees – which Jean and his star-student little sister, Marie, have no knowledge of – pressure him to focus on school and sort his act out. Jean is then suspended, and Marie, who usually gets on his nerves, helps him keep his secret, which draws them closer together.

As the family attempts to integrate and navigate modern British society, as well as hold on to their roots and culture, they meet Tonton, a sapeur, womaniser, alcohol-loving, party enthusiast, who, much to Papa’s dislike, after losing his job, moves in with them. Tonton introduces the family – via his church where colourful characters such as Pastor Kaddi, Patricia and Nadege congregate – to a familiar community of fellow country-people, making them feel slightly less alone. They begin to settle, but the reality of their situation unravels a threat to their future, whilst the fear of uncertainty remains.

With colourful characters and luminous prose, No Place To Call Home is a tale of belonging, identity and immigration, of hope and hopelessness, of loss –not by death, but by distance– and, by no means the least, of love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JJ BOLA is a Kinshasa born, London raised writer, poet, educator and workshop facilitator. He performs regularly at shows and festivals around the world. JJ Bola’s work is centred on a narrative of empowerment, humanisation, healing of trauma as well as discovery of self through art, literature and poetry. He believes that the true purpose of art is to expose the reality of this world and how to, most importantly, survive it. No place To Call Home is JJ Bola’s debut novel.

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Video from the launch of No Place To Call Home


JJ Bola in conversation with actress Cate Blanchett in Switzerland for the UN Refugee Agency

 

Storytelling and the Power of One – A conversation hosted by Cate Blanchett

Our Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett is speaking live with refugee Aya Abdullah and former refugee JJ Bola on the power of storytelling.

Posted by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency on Monday, January 22, 2018


JJ Bola’s words are read out in the House of Commons by MP Angus MacNeil


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No Place To Call Home picked as one of Media Diversified Top 15 Books published in 2017


JJ Bola takes us back to his childhood home and tells us why, as a refugee, he always felt like one of the bad guys from the movies in this personal account on the BBC World Service ‘The Cultural Frontline’ radio programme: 14:40 minutes in



No Place To Call Home long listed for The Guardian ‘Not The Booker Prize’


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Moments of Significance: A Memoir by MC Angel

ABOUT THE BOOK

Moments of Significance is a non-linear narrative packed with poetry, prose, fragments of memories and mediations on life, philosophy and politics from an uncompromising voice. Told through Shauna’s personal experiences of growing up on an inner-city London council estate as a white Working Class Queer woman, Moments of Significance is an exploration of society and the political told through a very personal collage of experiences.

With accounts from Shauna’s childhood poverty to the devastating family revelation in Ireland; being bullied on her estate for being a Lesbian to finding Buddhism, coping with the death of her mother to piecing together an identity through hip hop, poetry and art, Shauna reinvents the way memoirs are written and through this collection of life moments reveals layers of herself to slowly build a unique relationship with the reader.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MC Angel is a talented wordsmith performing as a spoken word artist and hip hop emcee as well as writing page poetry. She has been filmed by Red Bull TV, BBC3 and Channel 4 for the “Women in Hip Hop” project. She’s appeared on BBC 1xtra Live Lounge as part of their spoken word season and has performed up and down the country at festivals including LatitudeSecret Garden Party and Drop Beats Not Bombs. She is currently the resident MC for Morning Gloryville, a sober movement which has seen her share the stage with the likes of Fat Boy Slim and Basement Jaxx.

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Mama Can’t Raise No Man by Robyn Travis

ABOUT THE BOOK

Mama Can’t Raise No Man is Robyn Travis’ debut novel and unfolds through a series of letters between a colorful cast of characters and the main protagonist, Duane, who despite his efforts to turn his life around, once again finds himself in prison. This time it’s on charges of intent to supply drugs and domestic violence, but things are not as clear-cut as they seem.

Mama Can’t Raise No Man is a unique and eye-opening exploration of black masculinity. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges different definitions of manhood, whilst remaining an engaging, witty and at times laugh-out-loud-funny novel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robyn Travis

Robyn is author of Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man which had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across a wide readership. The book launched to a packed out Hackney Empire and quickly sold out. Robyn is a passionate speaker and advocate for young people and regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations.

VIDEO FROM THE LAUNCH OF MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN

NEWS/PRESS

Audible have bought rights to Mama Can’t Raise No Man.

You can now enjoy the many characters and vibrant voices of the novel in audio format with narrator Adjoa Andoh (narrator of books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Malorie Blackman) voicing all the female characters and Damian Lynch (narrator of audiobooks such as The Secret Footballer series) voicing all the male characters.

Click the image to hear a sample of the audiobook.


Mama Can’t Raise No Man is the only debut novel to be published by a Black British Male in 2016. Click below to read the full Guardian article

 


Mama Can’t Raise No Man book launch sells out 1300 capacity Hackney Empire and sells over 600 advanced tickets. Click below image for full article


Robyn Travis attends Cheltenham Literary Festival and copies of Mama Can’t Raise No Man sell out in the book signing after his event. Below he’s featured with poet and author Salena Godden



Robyn Travis appears on London Live TV talking about Mama Can’t Raise No Man

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Prisoner to the Streets by Robyn Travis

Prisoner to the Streets

Prisoner to the Streets

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Blurb

I don’t believe in the term gang. Yes I’ve had a violent past and made reckless choices I’m not proud of but it’s too easy (and lazy) to throw around this gang label. We were just a group of multi-cultural kids who lives on common ground and shared a similar struggle.

I’m not trying to say I’m just some victim of circumstances, the truth is I became a victim of my excuses. There was a strong come-unity but we also came from broken families and had crime, drugs and violence all around us. This social deprevation causes misguided pride, confused loyalty and thinking we had an extended family on the estate.

We didn’t really act like no family though. Disputes were settled with manpower, knifes and guns. Familiar faces from childhood became bitter enemies in war with only a road separating us from the frontline. We were in prisons the size of our boroughs and each estate felt like a different prison wing. The joke is we thought we owned the streets. We thought we were free.

I’ve lost some good people to the streets. And I don’t just mean death and prison. i mean the street mentality took away a part of us. Took away who we were destined to become. Our futures.

This is the story of my journey. It’s a reflection of how I fell out of one system and rushed into another. The story of how i became a prisoner tot he streets and somehow escaped.

Robyn Travis – Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robyn is author of Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man which both had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across TV, radio and press and reached a wide readership. Mama Can’t Raise No Man was the only book published by a Black British debut male novelist in 2016 and both his books are available as audiobooks via Audible. Robyn has been a guest speaker at a number of high profile Literature Festivals including Cheltenham, WOMAD, Bare Lit and Stoke Newington and is a passionate speaker and advocate for young people. He regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations. Robyn Travis is published by OWN IT!

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Happy purchasers of Prisoner to the Streets at Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2016

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