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.

Suli Breaks 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 this powerfully emotional performance by poet Suli Breaks.

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.

 

George the Poet Backstage 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.

Hear what George the Poet had to say backstage after his performance above.

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.

Judi Love performs at MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN book launch

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

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

Watch Judi Love’s brilliantly funny performance above!

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.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN recently featured in articles in the Guardian and The Bookseller Magazine and with over 900 people attending the Hackney Empire book launch, it has been reported to have been the biggest of the year.

#MamaCantRaiseNoMan

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN – Book Launch Speeches

 

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 from the musicians, comedians and poets who helped launch Robyn Travis’ book at a sold out Hackney Empire launch.

Watch the last words and thank you speeches from author Robyn Travis and OWN IT! founder Crystal Mahey-Morgan after being brought on stage at the end of the launch by comedian and host for the evening, Kojo.

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.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN recently featured in articles in the Guardian and The Bookseller Magazine and with over 900 people attending the Hackney Empire book launch, it has been reported to have been the biggest of the year.

#MamaCantRaiseNoMan

Reaction to OWN IT! and first project DON’T BE ALIEN

From publishing industry editors (Philip Jones, The Bookseller Magazine) to music influencers (Jamal Edwards, SBTV), authors to artists, hear the reaction to the launch of OWN IT! and its multi-media digital release, DON’T BE ALIEN, which spans across a song, a book, a film.

Buy DON’T BE ALIEN: The Song from iTunes, OWN IT! , all good digital retailers

Buy DON’T BE ALIEN: The Book from iBooks, OWN IT!

NB. The full book experience is available on any device with multi-media functionality (Desktop. iOS, Android)

Debut Novel MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN by Robyn Travis

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OWN IT! is proud to announce that it will be publishing Robyn Travis’ debut novel to coincide with Black History Month in October.

The novel unfolds through a series of letters between a colorful cast of characters and the main protagonist, Duane, who despite his efforts to turn his life around, once again finds himself in prison. This time it’s on charges of intent to supply drugs and domestic violence, but things are not as clear-cut as they seem.

Mama Can’t Raise No Man is a unique and eye-opening exploration of black masculinity. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges different definitions of manhood, whilst remaining an engaging, witty and at times laugh-out-loud-funny novel.

 

OWN IT! founder, Crystal Mahey-Morgan said:

“Mama Can’t Raise No Man is an original, dynamic and accomplished novel from a fresh new voice. Perhaps most exciting of all, is that it will appeal to a wide audience, from avid book lovers and readers to those who publishing traditionally ignores. Travis’ core audience is young, BAME, working class, non-graduates who in the past might not have seen books as entertainment, but with Mama Can’t Raise No Man, Travis offers something that his audience will be able to both relate to and enjoy. This is an enlightening and honest read and I’m sure it will find an audience far beyond Travis’ core (traditionally underserved) audience.”

Mama Can’t Raise No Man author, Robyn Travis said:

“I’m really happy to be working with OWN IT! and so excited to be able to share my debut novel with the world. Growing up, I didn’t read a lot, as I didn’t feel there was much I could relate to and I definitely never thought I could become a published author. With my books, I really hope to inspire others who may feel the way I did before. I want everyone to enjoy reading and also to believe that they can be authors too if they want to be

Pre-Order your physical copy of MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN here and Kinlde eBook here

 

Book Launch at Hackney Empire

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To celebrate the publication of Travis’ debut novel, Mama Can’t Raise No Man, OWN IT! will present a unique event of live music, poetry, comedy and discussion (exploring the themes in the novel) at the Hackney Empire on the 27nd September 2016. More details and line up to be announced soon. Early bird tickets will go on sale shortly!

OWN IT! signs licence deal with oolipo

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OWN IT! has signed an exciting license deal with oolipo which means MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN, will be available as a multi-media edition exclusively on the oolipo platform (in addition to being available as a print and eBook through the OWN IT!’s online shop and all good digital and physical retailers),

Oolipo CPO, Ryan Mullins said:

We’re very much looking forward to working with OWN IT! and Robyn Travis on Mama Can’t Raise No Man through this exciting collaboration. Using our platform we will enhance the prose of this book by introducing and capturing additional aspects of this story using video, photos, geo-location and interactive features to bring Robyn’s story to life in a whole new way. We love the fact that Robyn is writing about relevant topics and authentic themes that will reach a new generation of readers and this is something which fits into our values and vision for storytelling for a new generation. We’re confident the oolipo community will agree.”

OWN IT! founder, Crystal Mahey-Morgan said:

“From the first time I read Mama Can’t Raise No Man, I knew we had to do something exciting in terms of a digital version which was completely separate from the eBook. The fact that the whole novel unfolds though a series of letters, that there are several phone calls as well as the odd references to social media, makes this the ideal content to think about as a digital native project, especially with Travis’ younger audience in mind. Having a print, eBook and separate multi-media edition all simultaneously available is completely in keeping with OWN IT!’s multi-layered, lifestyle approach to storytelling where we make one story available in a variety of ways to suit different audiences and entertainment experiences. It’s fantastic to be working with oolipo on the multi-media edition – this is a partnership which very much appeals to OWNT IT!’s desire to collaborate with like-minded creatives and businesses.”