Stormzy Launches Publishing Imprint with Penguin Random House, #Merky Books

There’s no guessing where Stormzy will take his #Merky empire next. With a record label, clothing merchandise, and music festival under his belt, he has just announced a partnership with Penguin Random House. Stormzy is setting up a new publishing imprint called #Merky books that’ll focus on new works by young writers. Earlier this year…

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On Being a Writer of Colour – the Tide Is Finally Changing

From the dawn of time, stories have been integral to the development of communities. It is the way we have successfully passed down our culture, heritage and truths. But what happens when one story is suppressed and another made dominant? Enter the current publishing industry. As it stands, the amount of diverse voices in the…

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A first look at ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’

Kindle books are deceptive. You can’t see them in the flesh. So, if you’re not paying attention, you can end up spending £10 on a 100- page novella or pick up a ‘quick holiday read’ that is actually 700 pages long. This is what happened when I bought Black and British: A Forgotten History (its…

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5 reasons why you should read ‘Hold Tight’ by Jeffrey Boakye

“You can absolutely enjoy Grime 2016 without any appreciation of Grime 2004 but there is a level of appreciation that you miss if you don’t have the knowledge.” Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime, published in summer 2016 is a non-fiction exploration of the rise of Grime music. Whether you are…

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