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

3. Vote for 2 titles on the longlist (you must vote for 2 books for your NPTCH vote to count)

[yourusername] – Vote # 1 – [Book title only]

[yourusername] – Vote # 2 – No Place To Call Home

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

5. Tweet/Insta/Facebook/Snap #NPTCHNotTheBooker

The Group Therapy Program: (Interpersonal Learning)

4 Animations, 4 songs 1 story. Told through an animated film which becomes a multi-media digital book and music EP

By Ellen Leber

The Group Therapy Program: (Interpersonal Learning) can best be described as a song book gallery fusing music, words, illustration and animation to tell stories of depression, love and longing.

It’s a creative collaboration which takes the viewer from the animated group therapy session room to within the minds of the fictional participants.

The project will be launched at Stoke Newington Literary Festival on 4th June 2017 at Rio Cinema in Dalston 4-5pm and consist of a film screening followed by panel discussion and Q&A with the contributors. Buy tickets here

The contributors include an eclectic mix of talented singers and illustrators plus an animator and songwriter. Here, one of the contributors, illustrator Kirsty Latoya – who has suffered with depression herself – shares how art has helped transform her life.

This is an OWN IT! project supported using public funding by the Arts Council England

George the Poet performs at MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN book launch

Debut novel by Robyn Travis MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is now available to buy at all good online and physical retailers including here.

Each day this week we will share a performance/interview from the musicians, comedians and poets who helped launch Robyn Travis’ book at a sold out Hackney Empire launch.

Watch George the Poet do what he does best!

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN is an eye-opening exploration of different definitions of masculinity in today’s society told from a black male perspective. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges, debates and raises uncomfortable questions while drawing the reader into the world.

Sitting somewhere between Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, this is a unique novel which unfolds through a series of prison letters, taking the reader into the minds of a colourful cast of characters.