REFLECTIONS OF ME by Kirsty Latoya: Cover Reveal and Launch Details

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for Kirsty Latoya’s forthcoming art and poetry book entitled Reflections of Me.

Reflections of Me is an art and poetry book by 27-year-old emerging artist Kirsty Latoya, from South London. The book will be made up of four sections – mental health, identity, womanhood and love – and images will be accompanied by original poems from the artist.

Whilst studying in New York, Latoya took the opportunity to take art classes and learn to paint. Using this as a foundation, in December 2014 Latoya taught herself digital art using an iPad and stylus by experimenting with different apps and programs. Not long after, she ditched the stylus, preferring the freedom of drawing on the iPad with her finger which is how Kirsty now creates all her art pieces.

Latoya’s passion to explore mental health through her art comes from her own battles with mental health – having first suffered with depression at the age of 13 – and a desire to help others who suffer with mental health feel less alone and more connected through art.

Latoya has also been very outspoken for the need to de-stigmatise mental health especially amongst Black and Asian communities who are statistically less likely to ask for help when suffering from mental health problems.

Publisher Crystal Mahey-Morgan said: “Kirsty’s ability to convey emotion through her art and affect the viewer in a profound way is truly breath taking. She has a unique ability to express complex ideas through seemingly simple images around universal human emotion. This coupled with her boldness in tackling sometime sensitive issues makes her a truly exciting artist and one to watch. We’re very proud to be able to work with and publish such an important voice and talent.”

Reflections of Me will be launched at a unique event of live hiphop, poetry, art and include a Q&A with the author. Book tickets and pre-order the book here

New Debut Novel: The Time Before The Time To Come by Jill Johnson

OWN IT! is delighted to announce that we have acquired a wonderful new debut novel entitled The Time Before The Time To Come by Jill Johnson.

Jill Johnson has lived in South East Asia, Europe and New Zealand. She has owned an editorial cartoon gallery, a comic shop and has been involved in a graphic novel publishing house. She is an alumni of The Faber Academy writing school and now lives in the East End of London with her children.

The Time Before The Time To Come is a wonderful story within stories inspired by Jill’s Maori heritage. Set between London and New Zealand and intertwining past and present, we follow Victoria’s path of self-discovery as she unwraps layers of her past and tries to make sense of her present. As we journey with her family over many generations, we discover the traditions, legends, values and beliefs of the ancient Maori culture.

Publisher at OWN IT!, Crystal Mahey-Morgan says, ‘Jill is a talented storyteller. The Time Before The Time To Come beautifully encapsulates the family ties that exist from one generation to the next and explores the significance of holding on to your roots and culture as a way of not letting go of yourself. A brilliantly crafted novel that opens a window into Maori culture, with strong women, epic journeys and heartbreaking revelations, The Time Before The Time to Come is at its core a book of hope. Made all the more powerful by the fact that it’s based on Jill’s own family, this is a novel that will stay with you long after you put it down and it’s an honour to be publishing it’.

The Time Before The Time To Come will be published in hardback and eBook in June 2018

JJ Bola Longlisted for Not The Booker Prize 2017

No Place To Call Home has been longlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize 2017’

Reader’s get to chose the shortlist. To vote for JJ Bola’s brilliant debut No Place To Call Home:

1. Click here

2. Create/login into Guardian account

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4. Write a short review (100 words) for No Place To Call Home under the title

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