‘Don’t Close My Eyes’ Animated Music Video


We’re delighted to share the animated music video for Don’t Close My Eyes – a song which features in the multi-media song/book/animation project, The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning).

Don’t Close My Eyes is available as a single on iTunes the OWN IT! online shop Spotify and all good digital retailers and streaming platforms.

Sung by Dee Ajaye, Illustrated by Kirsty “KirzArt” Latoya, Animated by Gabreal Range, Words & Music by Jason “Cuba” Morgan.

The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning) is a multi-media project which tells the story of a fictional therapy session where a group of characters share their feelings through animated songs threaded together through an intra-animation which is available as a film, book and music EP.

Watch the whole 20 minute film and find out more info about the digital book and EP here

JJ Bola ‘No Place To Call Home’ Book Launch Video

No Place To Call Home’ by JJ Bola is a stunning debut novel with a colourful cast of characters and luminous prose. 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.

The book launch took place at Dalston Roof Gardens on 20th June and included performances by Anthony Anaxagorou and MC Angel. The novel published in Hardback and eBook on 22nd June.

‘No Place To Call Home’ is available to buy at all good major and indie bookshops


OWN IT! to Publish MC Angel’s Memoirs

OWN IT! is very excited to be publishing a ground breaking book of memoirs called Moments of Significance by poet, rapper and activist Shauna O’ Briain professionally known as MC Angel.

It’s a non-linear narrative packed with poetry, prose, fragments of memories and mediations on life, philosophy and politics from an uncompromising voice.Told through her 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 memories reveals layers of herself to slowly build a unique relationship with the reader.

Publisher Crystal Mahey-Morgan said “More than a memoir, Moments of Significance is an exploration of being human and finding a place in the world. Of being ripped apart by circumstance and finding a way to piece yourself together. It takes us to the depths of despair but also shows us the strength of hope and how the the arts has the power not only to change lives but also to save them. It’s a book of compassion and humanity”.

Moments of Significance will be published in March 2018 in Hardback and eBook.


The Group Therapy Programme film

We are delighted to launch The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning) – a multi-media project which tells the story of a fictional therapy session where a group of characters share how they are feeling through animated songs threaded together through an intra-animation.

The project is a creative collaboration between an eclectic mix of talented artists including a songwriter, 5 illustrators, 4 singers and 3 animators who together bring the lyrics of the songs and the overall story to life.

The Group Therapy Programme is available to experience in a number of ways including the film, a multi-media digital book with the lyrics, music, art and animation as well as  ‘behind the scenes’ extras from the contributors. It is also available as a stand alone music EP.

The music EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, OWN IT! shop and all good digital music retailers and streaming platforms. Each song is also available for separate download

The multi-media digital book is available to buy from Apple iBooks and the OWN IT! shop.

You can find out more about the artists involved here.

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

No Place To Call Home by JJ Bola: Cover Reveal

We are delighted to reveal the cover for JJ Bola’s forthcoming debut novel publishing in Hardback and eBook on June 22nd 2017

JJ Bola - No Place To Call Home Jacket

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.

No Place To Call Home is available here

JJ Bola Debut Novel to be published by OWN IT!

OWN IT! is excited to announce that it will publish JJ Bola’s brilliant debut novel, No Place to Call Home in June 2017.

With great characters and seamless prose, set between London and the Congo, 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.

JJ Bola is a well-respected London poet who has built a strong reputation on an international stage (he currently holds the Oakland Poetry Slam title). He is also an educator as well as the creator of the increasingly popular adage ‘Hype your writers like you do your rappers’.

His agent Maria Cardona said, ‘At the Pontas Agency we couldn’t be more delighted. JJ Bola is a very special writer with a unique voice. OWN IT!’s passion and vision for this debut is exactly what we were looking for and we expect great things. There’s already been much registered interest from different corners of the world.’

Crystal Mahey-Morgan, Publisher at OWN IT! says, ‘JJ Bola is a beautiful storyteller and this is a unique and accomplished novel made all the more exciting by the fact that it’s a debut. It is both light of touch but deep in feeling and meaning. Full of localised nuances in different times and places and masterfully woven together to simultaneously capture the essence of human heartache and human triumph. I’m confident that JJ has an exciting career as a literary fiction author ahead of him and I couldn’t be happier that OWN IT! will be a part of his journey from the very beginning’.

For more info on JJ Bola and his work, please visit: www.jjbola.com

Comedian Slim 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 comedian Slim have the whole of Hackney Empire in stitches!

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.