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HOW TO: Be More Pirate now available as an audiobook via Audible. Sam Conniff’s 2018 bestseller Be More Pirate was the rallying cry so many needed to hear. Now he has handed over the mic to the thousands of people who have turned the book into a movement….⠀
From healthcare to education to big business, mutiny in Manchester to the climate pirates of the Caribbean, How to: Be More Pirate captures their applied wisdom. Packed with relatable examples and practical, applicable tactics, it is a blueprint for causing good trouble.
OWN IT! introduces #FIRSTFRIDAYS.
The First Friday of every month we’ll be releasing a playlist carefully curated with songs exploring the featured book of that month. ⠀
November’s playlist looks at the themes within the book HOW TO: Be More Pirate, co-written by Sam Conniff + Alex Barker.⠀
ENDLESS FORTUNE – IFY
A month into the publication of Endless Fortune and the reception has been amazing, including features in:
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Mangrove – the first of a series of 5 films by award-winning director Steve McQueen, which celebrate West Indians in Britain.
Mcqueen’s five-part anthology series – Small Axe – takes its title from a West Indian proverb about collective struggle (“If you are the big tree, we are the small axe”) and encompasses true stories from the late 60s to mid-80s. The films each tell a story involving London’s West Indian community, a celebration of Black joy, beauty, friendship, love, music and food, despite subjection to rampant racism and discrimination.
It is no surprise that our own Courttia Newland is a part of this iconic moment for Black British TV, having co-written with Steve McQueen the screenplay to the second part of the anthology series – LOVERS ROCK (which aired last Sunday, catch-up now on BBCiplayer here) and RED, WHITE AND BLUE, which airs this Sunday. Read more here.
DEREK OWUSU’S THAT REMINDS ME NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK
The first novel by Stormzy’s imprint + winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020 –That Reminds Me – is a fresh and powerful debut – now available as a paperback here.
That Reminds Me is the story of one young man, from birth to adulthood, told in fragments of memory. It explores questions of identity, belonging, addiction, sexuality, violence, family and religion. It is a deeply moving and completely original work of literature from one of the brightest British writers of today.⠀
MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH
Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death, but until now hadn’t met Death in person – a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen.
OW TO: BE MORE PIRATE – Sam Conniff & Alex Barker
ENDLESS FORTUNE – Ify Adenuga
SOCCOLOGY – Kevin George
REFUGE – The Collected Poetry of JJ Bola
USE WORDS FIRST – Edited by Jude Yawson
MOMENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE – Shauna O’Briain AKA MC ANGEL
REFLECTIONS OF ME – Kirsty Latoya
THE 392 – Ashley Hickson-Lovence
THE TIME BEFORE THE TIME TO COME – Jill Johnson
NO PLACE TO CALL HOME – JJ Bola
ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET – Stuart Goodman
Because Stories Are Life.
By Ify Adenuga
Ify is the mother of four of the most successful creatives in Great Britain today – Joseph Junior (Skepta), Jamie (JME), Julie and Jason Adenuga. In 1980, Ify exchanged war-torn Nigeria for the strange streets of London. Having overcome death, hunger and extreme poverty, starting a new life as a working-class immigrant and student in an environment far removed from her own in a city brimming with hostility.
HOW TO: Be More Pirate
By Sam Conniff + Alex Barker
Faced with chaotic leadership, growing inequality, business disruption and an impending climate crisis, Sam Conniff’s 2018 bestseller ‘Be More Pirate’ was the rallying cry so many needed to hear. Now he has handed over the mic to the thousands of people who have turned his first book into a movement and given birth to his follow up book co-written by Alex Barker, HOW TO: Be More Pirate.
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Download Rose Cartwright’s Pure today, now available as an audiobook via audible. The true story of her 10-year struggle with ‘Pure O’, a little-known form of OCD that causes people to experience intrusive sexual thoughts.
SAY HELLO TO…
We are super excited to welcome Suli Breaks and Selina Nwulu to the OWN IT! Collective, the latest to join our group of eclectic authors and artists.
Suli Breaks is a poet, writer and speaker. An opinionated, expressive wordsmith, the artform embraced Suli whilst studying his Law degree at University.
Feeling more connected to the street-level aesthetic of spoken words, than he did to the straitjacket requisites of an academic setting, Suli continues to live out his dream to revolutionise poetry, creating a universally recognisable brand in the process.
Suli has gained wider appeal and gone viral via his spoken word video Why I Hate School but Love Education (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ZmM7zPLyI&t=10s) garnering 2 million views within a 3-day span.
Selina Nwulu works both as a creative and as a consultant in the social and climate justice sector (having been a voice for climate justice for over 10 years).
She has written for a number of outlets such as The Guardian, New Humanist and Red Pepper and has toured her poetry extensively, both
internationally, including a literary tour in Northern India, and throughout the UK with a number of cultural institutions such as MAC Birmingham, BBC Radio 4 and Southbank Centre. She has also been featured in Vogue, ES Magazine, i-D and Blavity amongst others.