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  • Introducing... Ink Road – The journey starts here...

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    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’.

    Megan Duff

    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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  • Black & White acquires teenage refugee title: The Jungle by Pooja Puri

    Megan Duff

    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.

    Pooja PuriDuff 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.

    The Jungle, Pooja Puri

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