I am Collateral Beauty
Libby is a young black woman from Luton, an athlete and trainee barrister with aspirations of becoming a writer. However, everything is not as it seems. One day she ends up lost in a maze, where she meets eight strangers; all unsure of how they got there, all they know is that the labyrinth has an ominous message.
“Nine will enter, one will leave”.
Available in paperback, e-book and audiobook.
“I Am Collateral Beauty” part of The Collateral Beauty Series (CBS), explores Libby’s story, a young, black, woman from Luton. CBS investigates what it is like for her to grow up in a post-war, post-industrial, working-class town; as she tries to become all she wants to become. Pursue a changeless sense of who she is, where she has come from and seeks to reach the place she wants to go.
CBS is one story explored in three ways:- Poetry, Play and Prose. “I Am Collateral Beauty” a suspense/thriller novel. “I Can See What The Dark Looks Like” is an immersive, digital, poetry, theatre play created using multimedia performance. “Poetry Emotion: Collateral Beauty” is CBS’s prose and poetry, with journey guide. Similar to Naz’s earlier poetry book “Butterfly Drinks Crocodile Tears”. However, this is a three-part book based upon Mazza’s multidimensional poetry therapy practice model.
Naz Knight was born, raised and made in Luton and is first-generation British-born Caribbean. Before writing biographical fiction, Naz founded the Queen’s award-winning NINE RED Presents…(CIC) that responds to the Luton community’s needs to bring about social change and positively impact people’s lives.
Naz published her first book in 2016 “Butterfly Drinks Crocodile Tears” a collection of Art, Prose and Poetry with a forward written by Dr Shaun Wallace; Barrister and a “chaser” on ITV’s “The Chase”. As a child, Naz said that “(she) Never chose to write, words chose me to be their writer,” describing herself as a word mechanic.
Naz is an interdisciplinary artist, whose practice comprises of the exploration of the contrasting yet interconnected elements of light, projection, sound and movement to transform and connect people and spaces, using poetry that delivers messages across all levels of awareness.
Find out more about Naz Knight at wordschoseme.com and Nine Red at nineredpresents.org.uk
Why This Book?
Because I want to remind people that there is still love in the world.
Negativity flies at us daily, in a world that seems so dark and bleak and a society that feels broken.
It’s important to highlight the light that is within us all. To know that light will shine no matter how dark it gets.
We are Beauty because we are compassion, joy, love, empathy, understanding, patience, and tolerance. Our beauty we own, it’s the damage that is collateral.
There is a saying of unknown origins which states, “Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well”.
It is not just how they look at themselves but also how they view the events and circumstances they find themselves in.
The idea is that love is at the centre of suffering, pain and loss and this at its core is collateral beauty.
I Am Collateral Beauty Audio extract.
I Am Collateral Beauty Trailer
Publisher: NINE RED Presents… (CIC)
Number of pages: 333
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm