Stormzy's #Merky Books to launch 'How To' series on activism, writing and other topics

May 22, 2020

Stormzy's publishing imprint is set to release a new series of non-fiction books offering tips on topics from activism to writing.

#Merky Books will publish a 12-part series of "short and practical pocket-sized guides", starting with three titles to be launched in September and the rest later in the year.

Among the topics are activism, writing and building a brand, according to a statement from the publisher.

Lemara Lindsay-Prince, #Merky Books' commissioning editor, said: "This series was built from the idea that we still have things we wish we could do, and want to learn.

"I believe that knowledge should be shared and new voices heard.

"The books' approach balances insight, practical knowledge, know-how and wisdom on a range of topics from things you can do with your hands, to actions which establish new behaviours.

"I'm excited for readers to have these - there will be a book that speaks to the core of your ambitions the most."

She added: "I can't wait for everyone to digest, share and collect the 'How To' series.

"The books are a first for the imprint, and contribute to our commitment of uplifting a new generation."

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The first three books, to be released on 3 September, are:

  • How To... Change It by Joshua Virasami
  • How To... Build It by Niran Vinod and Damola Timeyin
  • How To... Write It by Anthony Anaxagorou

Stormzy launched #Merky Books, a collaboration with Penguin Random House, in July 2018.

The Brit Award-winning grime star, who last year became the first black solo artist to headline at Glastonbury, is among the many artists to have had to cancel gigs due to the coronavirus.

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