Trapeze has acquired a new poetry collection from Nikita Gill, titled Where Hope Comes From, written in response to the global crisis.
Publishing director Sam Eades bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to the collection of poems on resilience, healing and hope from Niki Chang at David Higham Associates.
The collection is publishing on 18th February 2021 in hardback, e-book and audio. It will be illustrated by Gill and includes the poem "Love in the Time of Coronavirus"—which was shared over 12,000 times during lockdown—as well as her poems on strength and hope, "How to Be Strong" and "Silver Linings".
It follows deals with Ebury for Gill's coming-of-age story The Girl and the Goddess, out on 1st October, and her last collection, Great Goddesses, published in September 2019. Prior to this Gill published a book of reimaginings of traditional fairytales with Trapeze in 2018 and the collection Wild Embers in 2017.
Eades said: "Nikita’s poem ‘Love in the Time of Coronavirus’ resonated with so many of us during a time of uncertainty and fear, and I’m thrilled to be welcoming her back to the Trapeze Books list with the beautiful and necessary collection, Where Hope Comes From. She is an author who truly embodies the imprint’s mission statement, writing books and verse that sparks conversation and that readers will want to share and talk about."
Gill said: "It was so essential to me this year to return to my roots with my poetry—the idea of creating from a place of hope has never felt more important and that is where this book has originated from. I think of human beings as a deeply resilient species and we have it in ourselves to be kind to each other especially in times of crisis. This was the place writing this book has taken me to and what I hope people take from it."
Chang added: "I’m so thrilled that Trapeze will be publishing Nikita’s next book Where Hope Comes From, a work born out of the difficult year we are still living through. Imbued with hope, kindness and humanity, this book will be the remedy we need to 2020."