Friday, 11 July 2014

An Interview with Alan Sharp

author of CHANGING GENERATIONS:
CHALLENGING POWER & OPPRESSION IN BRITAIN TODAY

RRP: £14.99
1. Alan Sharp please introduce yourself?
I have been a community development worker in Tooting for 14 years. Much of my recent work has been getting funding for Black and Asian community groups to do projects to meet community needs. I facilitate the working together of a number of churches of all ethnic backgrounds to meet people's material and spiritual needs. I represented 90 community groups of all faiths and one for three years on the Faiths Sub-committee of Wandsworth Local Strategic Partnership. I was on the steering group of Balham and Tooting Forum for 18 months. I have facilitated youth leaders to run two performing arts schools for youth during school holidays.

2. So why did your write the book CHANGING GENERATIONS?
I wrote the book because I felt that my skills could best be used to challenge white people to work with Black and Asian people to achieve their liberation. Writing a book can influence a wider range of people than other actions.

3.So what is your experience in these matters?
The mass experience of the presence of Black and Asian people in UK has only been 70 years, as opposed to several hundred years in US. Enslavement was confined to the Western hemisphere, so British people have not had to face the results of terror face to face in UK. UK experience has been corrupted through a common belief in cultural racism, seeing racism as non-existent apart from one-off racist incidents.

4. Who is the book for?
The book is for anyone aged 18 and above.

5. Where did you gain this information, would you call yourself an expert in the subject?
I am not an expert! I try to report what Black, Asian and Latin American women and men say in critiquing white people. People need someone of a different gender, ethnicity, class and culture/age to critique them, in order to learn what needs to be changed. Postmodern whites may be able to critique modern whites but struggle to critique postmodernism.

6. It's quite brave of you to criticise the power that be, as a white English man do you think you'll receive a negative backlash from other white men [and even some black people] because of what you say in the book?
Any support may primarily be silent. I do expect a negative reaction, although I hope we can engage through blogging. I would not expect to get as bad a response as, say, a white woman or a Black or Asian person might for saying these things.

7.How long did CHANGIN GERATIONS take to write?
The book took a year in 2007. I have tried to update it for subsequent research and development in my thinking. I originally wrote two books in one and might publish the other book at some point in the future.

8.What do you think this book will achieve?
I hope this book might provoke some conversation. I hope it will help some people to get on journeys of engaging in action to help people achieve their liberation. The aim is above all to see action to get rid of institutional racism and sexism as well as to reduce grass-roots racism and sexism.
9.How and who published your book?
Actually the book was Self-published, I attended the BIS Publishing courses, then continued with their 1to1 coach, whilst they assisted me in the self-publishing process. Big up to BIS Publications!

10.Where can the book be bought?



Alan Sharp will be launching  Changing Generations: Challenging power and oppression in Britain today:

Friday, 25th July 2014
Time: 6.45-9.00 pm
Location: The Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL
Early Bird tickets just £5.
REGISTER here now https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bis-publications-summer-bookjam-2014-tickets-12245792495?mc_cid=8d6ab0f130&mc_eid=7ae3a38ab9    to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The new book ...

THE MISAPPROPRIATION OF HIP HOP ” 
-  By DJ Fingers, Legendary UK DJ/Producer and Zulu King

RRP: £8.99

DJ Fingers has captured the very essence of the meaning of Hip- Hop in this long awaited but extremely refreshing book. For too long we have been force fed a mongrelisation of what the record industry wants the youth to believe is Hip Hop (and for lack of a better word “Rap”), which in turn has our young men thinking that it’s cool to be a Pimp or a Drug dealer and our young women thinking they should portray themselves as Hoes. What Fingers has done is to take it right back to the big bang of the emergence of this truly great culture and has dared to expose the corporate media as the chief instigators of turning a pure art form into a hybrid of its’ former self.


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I asked Fingers why a book on THE MISAPPROPRIATION OF HIP HOP and what do you mean?

Fingers response was, “in the book I will give examples of the meaning of the misappropriation of Hip-Hop by considering these five pivotal questions:

1. Were the political and social conditions of black and Latino youths in the South Bronx a major factor in the formation of Hip-Hop?

2. What are the consequences of the dominant negative black/Latino image on the consumers of Hip-Hop?

3. What was the original intent of Hip-Hop Culture at its formation?

4. What is the significance of ‘Knowledge of Self’ in relation to Hip-Hop?

5. Have advancements in technology decided the shape of Hip-Hop? If so, should we regard this as a positive evolution? “

Monday, 24 March 2014

BIS Publications are please to announce three new books which we have recently published.



Toddlers

It's All About You – by B.G.

It's All About You is an activity book designed to record the personal identity, interests and activities of children by children from the age of three. The aim is to promote creativity, fun, self-acceptance and confidence.

B.G. is a psychotherapist, social worker, trainer and author. Working with children over many years inspired her to write this book. 

This book is suitable for age 3 years plus. RRP £5.99

Purchase now atwww.bispublications.com




Children

Mosi Meets The Inventor John Lee Love – The Broken Pencil, by Natasha John-Baptiste.

This is the second book in the 'One Thing About History Is...' series.
Mosi is a little boy who likes to write in his notepad. One day when Mosi was writing one of his stories his pencil tip broke. Mosi became very sad because he could no longer use his pencil to write, that is until he remembered about Historyland found in his book ‘One Thing About History is...’. Once he opened that book he entered into Historyland and there he found an inventor by the name of John Lee Love, who invented a pencil sharpening device. Because of John Lee Loves’s genius invention Mosi could continue writing his potential best-seller.

This book is suitable for age 5 years plus. RRP: £6.99

Purchase now atwww.bispublications.com


Teenagers / Adults – Crime Fiction

SNAKE AMONGST SHADOWS – by Chimaijem Ifeanyi Ezechukwu

Mac Logan is a man with a very dark past. He was once an educated cop. He’s now an expendable P.I. called Jarrett. The story begins when he is assigned to investigate a series of muggings happening in town by his new boss and friend Derek Hawke.

Logan starts the investigation to find out that there’s more to the case than meets the eye. He discovers that this mysterious caper is linked with a treasure hunt in the bad lands of Tikal, in Mexico. Logan goes to Mexico with Hawke and uncovers a smuggling operation there. He has a run in with a gang lord craving for supremacy; and finds out the truth behind a girl’s death. The man now called Jarrett also learns about his boss’s past.

As Logan keeps sleuthing, he discovers the real culprits behind the brutal muggings. Logan journeys back to England where he has another encounter with an old enemy. A notorious crook called Quentin ‘the Rat’ Baker. So when the expendable PI uncovers the man’s secret he equally unveils the vicious and faceless criminal network responsible for the abrupt murders he sets out to investigate.


This book is suitable for age teenagers to adults. RRP: £9.99

Purchase now atwww.bispublications.com

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Breaking News.

The new improved and paper back book edition of 
Self Publishing Successfully: A 20 Step Guide 
is now here. 

Order now whilst in stock. 



Special Offer: £7.99

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Kwaku & His Hearing Aid

Great News...  

The popular children titles Kwaku & His Hearing Aid & True Friends are now available for your Kindle, iPad and Smart Phone.


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

BIS Publications' Self Publishing Courses are BACK this Summer !


We are pleased to announce that the very popular BIS Publishing courses are back. The BIS Publications' Writers who want to Self Publish Successfully TM course will be taking place on Tuesday 2nd July 2013. Please click here ( http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk ) for more details and to register.

Announcements of the BIS Publications' 1 Day Intensive Course For African / Caribbean Writers who want to self Publish Successfully TM and the 2- Day Master Class: For Writers who want to Self Publish and Market their Books Successfully TM will be made in the near future.

Monday, 15 April 2013


Black Scientists & Inventors
In the UK 
March 22nd 2013 Event

One of the reasons Michael Williams co-authored the best-selling Black Scientists & Inventors series of books was the apparent lack of representation of the contributions made to science and inventions by non-European people in school science books.

Although the series has been received extremely well both in the UK and internationally the representation of UK Black Scientists & Inventors in the titles could be improved.

With that in mind earlier on in the year he decided along with the BIS Publications’ team to research the contributions being made by UK based Black Scientists & Inventors. We have teamed up with The Power Of Definition™ and Black Scientists & Inventors™ to find these inventors and scientists and to publish our findings in a new title we aim to release later this year. We thought March would be a great time to announce our intentions to the public and it would be quite fitting since the UK's International Science Week –15thto 22nd March 2013 falls in that week.

We therefore decided to have an event on Friday 22nd March 2013 celebrating UK Black Scientists & Inventors and symposium all at the top of their profession. As we were pressed for time the window for promotion for the event was narrow and so leading up to the event the registration was low by the BIS Publications standards but then on the evening we were pleasantly surprised with the full to the brim house, I guess It was a case of serendipity.

I must mention that in the past we have hosted these types of events in central London locations such as the Science Museum, TUC and in London universities. But on this occasion we decided to have the event in the inner city deprived area of Tottenham. A town that has become internationally famous for two reasons the football club Tottenham Hotspurs and the 1980s and 2011 up risings. One of our aims were for young people in the area to see and hear from people just like them who have achieved amazing things outside of sport and entertainment.

That said the event was opened by Michael Williams co-author of the best-selling Black Scientists & Inventors series who helped to set the scene.


Williams presented a audio visual animation of the Hon. Marcus Garvey speaking on science. The quote by Marcus Garvey was “...in your homes and everywhere possible you must teach the higher development of science to your children; and be sure to develop a race of scientists par excellence...”

This audio visual piece both capture the attention of the adults and children.
Now that we had everyone’s attention after the audio visual piece, Mr. Williams who was also the facilitator for the evening introduced Dr. Donald Palmer a senior lecturer at Imperial and London School of `Veterinary and a specialist in immunology. Dr. Palmer spoke about science in general, his own background and also how black children can get into a science career.


Dr. Donald Palmer listening to Dr. Eyman Osman

Then another audio visual piece of Leroy Brown the inventor of the electronic car jack was presented, at this stage the audience were amazed they had no idea that someone like that existed in the UK.

Prior to the event we received many emails suggesting although the Black Scientists & Inventors in the UK is a great endeavour, but where were the sisters! So I was extremely pleased when Mr Williams introduced the next guest speaker who was Dr. Eyman Osman. This young African woman has achieved a very high standard in her chosen field mainly genetics with a view to making an impact not only her country of origin- Sudan but to the rest of the world in diaspora. She is also involved in furthering her community’s development in education and has set up a social enterprise in her name Iman – Faith. Dr Osman was well received.




Dr. Eyman Osman delivers her presentation.

Next was Dr. Mark Richards of Imperial College, but he had been running late. We were fortunate that our team always plans for the unexpected and so our back up was a video piece of him talking about an invention that he was working on at Imperial, again this video went down very well with the audience.

The final person was Sam Amalemba author of Becoming, youth leader and mentor to many young people in Tottenham. As co-author of the new title Black Scientists & Inventors in the UK Mr. Amalemba went on to introduce several more UK based black scientists and inventors to the audience via a PowerPoint presentation. It was very interactive and again engaged both young and old.


Sam Amalemba delivers a very interactive presentation for the children.



Time was moving on and we just had a little time left for questions and answers. All the speakers were asked to come to the front, by this time Dr. Richards had arrived and was asked to join the panel. As he was not able to present earlier, Mr. Williams allowed him to open the questions and answers session. Dr. Richards started by once again using the Marcus Garvey quote Mr Williams opened the event with, he then asked the audience what were their thoughts on that quote.

All in all It was an amazing evening and all who attended gave us fantastic and positive feedback. I would like to say thanks you to Michael Williams for this great idea, all the speakers and most of all the audience who attended.

By: S. Amalemba, C. Soso and M. Williams