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Ink Road, Black & White’s YA imprint, is set to launch its first title this month – The Jungle by Pooja Puri. The book follows Mico, an unaccompanied child trying to make sense of his new life in the migrant encampment in Calais commonly known as ‘the Jungle’.
With the launch of the book, author Pooja and the publisher are also keen to promote a London-based charity called The Bike Project.
“Mico desperately wants to be part of the bike crew that fix up and sell bikes to fund their escape from the Jungle. The bikes aren’t just a form of transport; they offer a rare opportunity to take control in a life shrouded by uncertainty. The bike is in many ways a symbol of hope” Pooja says. “This is why I am so proud to be supporting The Bike Project. Based in London, this charity takes second-hand bikes, fix them up and donate to refugees and asylum seekers. In doing so, they offer refugees a vital helping hand in getting their lives back on track” she continues.
“The Bike Project is a small charity that has a big impact on the people they work with” says Campbell Brown, managing director at Black & White. “In publishing the incredibly topical The Jungle, which ties in so perfectly with their important work, we have an opportunity to promote them in whatever way we can. We’re donating a bike or two, as is Pooja and her family, and we’re actively encouraging others to do so too. We’re including The Bike Project’s flyers in our mailouts and promotions, including a Books on the Underground drop. We’re also hoping to raise funds at the launch at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road on March 18th, where The Bike Project will be present”.
The Bike Project – Getting Refugees Cycling
The Bike Project is a registered charity based in south London. Since launching in March 2013 they have donated over 2,000 bikes.
At least 20,000 asylum seekers seek sanctuary in London each year whilst over 27,000 bikes are abandoned in the same period. Just one of these bikes can help an asylum seeker access crucial services and appointments and save them £21.20 a week on a bus pass. When you’re living off of £36.95 asylum support, that makes a big difference.
In 2015 they also began to provide female asylum seekers and refugees cycle training as many of the women that we see are from societies where females were not encouraged to ride a bike, or where doing so was not considered appropriate.
Some of the bikes they receive are sold through The Bike Shop to generate funds, the proceeds of which ensure longer term financial sustainability. You can also donate money directly to them or become a monthly sponsor.
Edinburgh-based independent publisher Black & White Publishing is launching a new Young Adult imprint, Ink Road.
The imprint will broadly cater for all genres of commercial fiction for teenage and new-adult readers, and welcomes titles from both debut and experienced authors. Publishing books with a contemporary and forward-thinking focus, the imprint is committed to creating books for every reader’s tastes, and is encompassed by the slogan: ‘The journey starts here’.
Ink Road will be led by Megan Duff, Black & White’s assistant commissioning editor, who said: ‘We want our books to take readers on a journey. It’s an important idea, as great stories accompany us from our teenage years right through our adult lives. We want to produce original, exciting and memorable books at the same time as fostering a lifelong love of reading.’
The first title to be released in March under Ink Road (now changed from the previously announced Neon Books) is The Jungle by debut author Pooja Puri, exploring the experience of life in the Calais refugee camp as told through the eyes of teenager, Mico, one of many "unaccompanied children". Other titles signed to the imprint include award-winning Sheena Wilkinson’s Street Song – a story about a teenager who runs away from his tumultuous showbiz past in order to find true friends, true music, and his true identity – and T is for Tree by debut author Greg Fowler, an unorthodox coming-of-age novel about a boy who has never left his bedroom.
Also being published under the imprint is internationally bestselling teen-author, Estelle Maskame, whose standalone contemporary love story will be published in July.
Managing Director, Campbell Brown, says that the new imprint ‘feels like a natural progression. We’re really excited to be embarking on this new venture with so many talented writers, and we’re aiming to really connect with YA audiences both in the UK and around the world.’
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Six days before Christmas, Stella must rush home to Scotland when her grandmother is taken to hospital. As she reconnects with her past, old flames are rekindled, and as Christmas fast approaches, Stella begins to wonder if her most heartfelt wish can come true?
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We are absolutely delighted to be included on the shortlist for 'Publisher of the Year 2016' at the Saltire Society Literary Awards, for the second year in a row! Five publishers have been shortlisted for the prestigious Saltire Publisher of the Year Award:
The judging panel said the following about Black & White:
"Black and White Publishing have taken a significant step change in their activities and in the process shown a willingness to take risks and innovate. Their strong and positive relationship with their authors also continues to impress."
As part of the Inspiring Scotland programme, announced to celebrate the Saltire Society's 80th anniversary earlier this year, the winner of the Publisher of the Year Award will receive a fully funded place to the Yale Publishers Course in August 2017. The winners will be formally announced at a special ceremony in Edinburgh on 24 November.
Black & White Publishing was also shortlisted for the 'Publisher of the Year 2015' award at last years awards, for which we were awarded a Commendation.
We're delighted to kick off the blog tour for Tony Black's latest novel, Summoning the Dead! Tony Black returns with another DI Bob Valentine case on the Ayrshire coast. When the body of a boy turns up in a barrel is identified as a missing child from the 1980s, it re-opens a cold case that was previously thought unsolvable. When further remains are unearthed, the facts point to a paedophile ring and a political conspiracy that leads all the way to the most hallowed corridors of power.
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Megan Duff has made her first acquisition as the YA commissioning editor of Black & White Publishing’s new YA imprint, which will be launched in 2017. The first novel to be published on the new list will be The Jungle: a hard-hitting and poignant debut novel focusing on life as a teenage refugee in Calais. Duff says, 'We're so thrilled to be bringing such an engaging and beautiful book to the YA market. Pooja has found a unique and accessible way to deal with what is often treated as very 'adult' matter, but it's an important topic for young people to be thinking, talking, and reading about. We've always been champions of debut authors at Black & White, so it's great to be able to launch the YA imprint in the same vein and to give a voice like Pooja's a platform. ’
The Jungle is the debut novel from creative-writing student Pooja Puri, and will be one of the first books in the YA market to examine life for children as a refugee in the camps in Calais. The novel follows fifteen-year-old Mico as he finds himself alone and navigating one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Jungle.
Duff has acquired World Rights for Puri’s novel from Lauren Gardner at Bell Lomax Moreton Agency. Gardner says of the deal, ‘I’m delighted to have found Pooja a home with Black and White’s new YA Imprint – The Jungle is an important, brave and beautiful narrative written by an exciting and diverse young author, and I am very proud to be representing Pooja and her words as they set sail on this journey.’
Pooja Puri, who is studying for a Masters in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, decided to write The Jungle after watching a special news report on life in the Calais migrant camp. Puri says, ‘I was particularly struck by the sheer number of young people living alone in such terrible conditions. Nobody should have to experience the hardships these children face. I truly hope The Jungle will, in some way, act as a small step in fostering understanding and compassion to those who need it most.’
The Jungle will be published in March 2017.
We're delighted to kick off the blog tour for P.I. Paris' latest novel, Casting Off! A hilarious, poignant tale of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice – and how it’s never too late to try something new, Casting Off is sure to be the feel good book of the year! Keep checking back every day to head over and see the latest blog posts :)
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Moving and suspenseful, The Last Day I Saw Her is a richly emotive story of friendship lost and found, and how facing up to the past can help you find a better future.
ON STARLIT SEAS is the latest historical novel from bestselling author Sara Sheridan. Set at the height of the British Empire ON STARLIT SEAS is a breathtaking and compelling story of passion, secrets and escape based on the story of the celebrated writer and historian Maria Graham.
The blog tour will be running from 25-29 July. Make sure to follow the links through to all the blogs below to find out what people have to say about ON STARLIT SEAS.
"A story as rich and velvety as the chocolate at its heart... A joy to read." MARY CHAMBERLAIN (author of The Dressmaker of Dachau)
"This is a novel to take one seamlessly from exotic places to shadowy underworlds and polite drawing rooms, in order to revel in an emotionally charged and socially challenged Victorian romance, coupled with the cliff-hanging jeopardy of Brazilian and London low-life... Five stars with extra phosphorescence!" JOANNA HICKSON (author of The Tudor Bride)