Taking Up Space: TV Deal and incoming paperback for Kwakye & Ogunbiyi’s groundbreaker

Posted on 17/02/2020

Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi’s Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change has been optioned for TV in a lucrative deal by Sid Gentle Films, the company behind BBC America’s Killing Eve and ITV’s The Durrells.  The book, which was the 2019 flagship title of Stormzy’s imprint Merky Books, has been called “brilliant” by Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams and “essential” by this year’s Booker-winner, Bernadine Evaristo.

Stormzy himself was quick to add congratulations in a tweet to his 1.4m followers:

Both Kwakye and Ogunbiyi graduated from Cambridge with first-class honours, and their experiences as women of colour in predominantly white academic environments inspired their groundbreaking book and now its companion TV series, for which they will act as consultants.

Meanwhile, back in publishing, the Taking Up Space juggernaut rolls on with the PB dropping on the 27th of Feb. The hardback was selected as one of Bernadine Evaristo’s top five reads of 2019, and you can preorder your paperback – which includes a brand new chapter – right here:




As an agency we are so proud of these incredible women and what they have achieved – and the best part is we know this is only the beginning 🥂

(New to the Taking Up Space phenomenon? Catch up with an interview with Chelsea and Ore here.)