Press Release for Book Launch

MEDIA RELEASE & BOOK LAUNCH INVITATION

“Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle”  – by Emeka Egbuonu

You are invited to attend the launch of an exciting new book Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle by Hackney writer and gang intervention worker Emeka Egbuonu. This fresh insight into young people and gangs has been described as “required reading – not least within the Ministry of Justice and Home Office” (Prof David Wilson, Britain’s leading criminologist), “a funny and dramatic must read” (EastEnders star Jamie Foreman) and “a badly needed wakeup call” (Britain’s Got Talent street dance stars Abyss). More celebrity supporters details below.

Date: Monday 19th September 2011, 6-9pm.

Venue: City Arts & Music Project, 70-74 City Road, London EC1Y 2BJ (next to Old Street tube station)

Details: Good conversation, music, poetry, paintings and performance from an array of fresh new artists – all under 25. (Performers details below.) Food & drink available.

Media Contact & Reviews Copies: Paul Waters 07947 117599 or paulwaters99@hotmail.com

About the book: Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle is a valuable practical guide to communicating and connecting with young people at risk of becoming involved in gangs and crime. It’s about how to boost self-esteem and confidence, how to stimulate ambition and aspiration, and how to broaden horizons. Emeka has distilled into this book the wisdom and expertise gained from his own experience with gangs as a youth (he’s now in his mid-20s now), his leadership of the Consequences project and his liaison with Homeboy Industries gang rehabilitation in Los Angeles. Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle is also a personal voyage of self-discovery, showing how learning about his own roots gave Emeka the solid base from which to positively engage with the world and help others.

About Emeka Egbuonu: The author Emeka Egbuonu is a community and anti-gang worker based at the Crib Youth Project ( www.thecrib.org.uk ) in Hackney. He is also one of the London Mayor’s mentors. Emeka came to east London from Nigeria aged seven. He experienced gang violence growing up in Hackney, which inspired him to dedicate himself to making life better in his community. He has coached grassroots football team Gems FC and helped organise the Boroughs United talent contest since it began (showcasing the talents of Leona Lewis among others). In 2009, Emeka founded the Consequences program of seminars, which equips young people with the confidence and skills to make good choices and avoid becoming involved in gangs or moving on if involved already. Emeka was also on the frontline during the recent London riots persuading young people not to loot or get involved in criminal behaviour. Emeka is the director of the documentary London to LA, about gang intervention schemes in California. He will be one of the main speakers at Birmingham City University’s Understanding the English Riots conference along with broadcaster Donal MacIntyre on 18th October 2011.

Emeka’s blog is at www.consequencesforyouth.wordpress.com . He has also been featured in The Voice and Le Monde newspapers.

Celebrity and expert praise for Emeka Egbuonu and his book Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle:

Professor David Wilson, Britain’s leading criminologist and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology in Birmingham: “Emeka Egbuonu’s Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle fills a criminological gap, and brings fresh insight into what we all should be doing in the wake of the English riots to help young people bridge the gap between school and a law-abiding adulthood.  This inspiring book should be read widely – not least within the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.”

Film star Jamie Foreman (Gangster No 1, Layer Cake, Inkheart) who plays Derek Branning in EastEnders: “This book is a valuable insight from someone who tells it as is really is and doesn’t pull any punches. It’s funny, it’s dramatic – but most of all, it’s honest. It’s a must-read and a practical guide for young people, parents, teachers, police and anyone with an interest in making our cities safe and creating a new generation of hope instead of alienation.”

Britain’s Got Talent street dance stars Abyss: “This is a  badly needed wake-up call about what’s happening on the streets.”

Patti Boulaye, TV, West End and recording star and President of Support for Africa: “It is no good wringing our hands whenever there is trouble on the streets. The point is to do something about it. This book is a valuable insight and guide for anyone wanting to really connect with young people in Britain today. Don’t just sit there complaining about the younger generation. Read this book to find out how to make a difference.”

Rolando Cruz of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles: “Emeka Egbuonu’s work transcends borders and colour to inspire youth to believe in change.”

Book launch performers: The book launch will be hosted by actor and writer Connor Boston, star of Chances at the Spring Arena Theatre, Vauxhall. Music from guitarist and singer Smiley Kai. Poetry from George the Poet, Naivasha, Delewrites, DaWordChef, Chaleboy the poet, Suli Breaks,  and Rhael LionHeart. Visual art from Adesotu Omorgbe, Kelvin Ola-Ayoade and Stefan Paul.

Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle will be available to buy in paperback and as an e-book for kindle and ibook via Amazon and from London bookshops, including Centre Prize Trust Bookshop in Dalston, Pages in Clapton and Mama Afrika Culture Shop in Leyton.

For more information, to arrange an interview with Emeka Egbuonu or to obtain review copies of Consequences – Breaking the Negative Cycle –  contact Paul Waters at Content Expert 07947 117599 or paulwaters99@hotmail.com.

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