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Every ticket to #Merky Books Live includes a copy of Rise Up (RRP 16.99).

Join Stormzy and special guests for an exclusive evening of discussion and spoken word to launch #Merky Books at the Barbican on 7th November.

#Merky Books is a platform set up by Stormzy and Penguin Random House to find a new generation of readers and writers. Whose stories are being heard? And what power does a book really have?  Be the first to hear Stormzy's thoughts as he tackles these questions and more in a wide-ranging conversation with award-winning hip-hop artist and writer AkalaMalorie Blackman, Chelsea Kwakye, Jude Yawson and other special guests will also be exploring the role of literature in our lives, in a dynamic panel-discussion.

The event will also celebrate some of the most exciting new voices of today and give a platform to the voices of tomorrow, in a spoken word showcase curated by Stormzy and performance poetry and spoken word organisation Apples and Snakes.  #Merky Books Live provides an opportunity for audience members to interact with a game-changing new player in publishing.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be a part of the #Merky Books story.

  • Rise Up

  • *A 2018 BOOK OF THE YEAR*

    ‘An inspirational must-read.’ Evening Standard

    ‘A very important book.’ Will Gompertz, BBC

    ‘A motivational, inspirational oral history.’ Nikesh Shukla, iNews

    ‘Don’t sleep on it... the future is looking #Merky.’ Metro


    It’s been a long time coming, I swear...’

    In four years Stormzy has risen from one of the most promising musicians of his generation to a spokesperson for a generation. Rise Up is the story of how he got there. It’s a story about faith and the ideas worth fighting for. It’s about knowing where you’re from, and where you’re going. It’s about following your dreams without compromising who you are.

    Featuring never-before-seen photographs, lyrics and contributions from Team #Merky, Rise Up is the #Merky story, and the record of a journey unlike any other.


    Edited and Co-written by Jude Yawson
    Contributions by Team #Merky
    Images by Kaylum Dennis

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