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Little Doors Readings - MQ Mental Health Charity Fundraiser

An evening of fiction, memoir and poetry to raise funds for MQ, the mental health research charity.

Hear seven writers share original work on the theme of mental health.

The line-up (writers will read in alphabetical order):

★ Anjola Adedayo – writer and poet.

★ Victoria Richards – journalist and writer.

★ Lydia Ruffles - author of The Taste of Blue Light and Colour Me In.

★ Emma Smith-Barton - author of The Million Pieces of Neena Gill.

★ Helen Trevorrow – author of In The Wake.

★ Lorna V – writer and performer.

★ Maggy van Eijk – author of Remember This When You’re Sad.

Hosted by Dayna Brackley and Lydia Ruffles.

Upstairs will be open from 6.30pm, readings start at 7pm and will finish by 9pm (with an interval). Seating is unreserved and theatre style. Books and merchandise will be available for cash-only purchase and signing.

All money from ticket sales, minus Eventbrite fees, will be donated to MQ. Follow @MQmentalhealth

More about the writers and hosts:

Anjola Adedayo is a writer and poet based in London. She is the creator of MOOD, a poetry show about the complex emotions dictating everyday life. She is an alumnus of the Faber Academy’s WAN 2015 and is currently working on her debut novel. Tweet her @anj_ade and find her on Instagram @anj_ade.

Dayna Brackley is a strategy consultant, a sourdough baker, a gardener, a mother, food lover and a runner. She’s spent 15 years working in government communications and is now focusing her attention on more creative endeavours. She enjoys reading about North Korea, prisons and the anthropology of food, among other things. Dayna bakes bread, plants seeds and runs miles to help manage her anxiety and is proud to support MQ. Find her @daynabrackley.

Victoria Richards is a journalist and writer. In 2017/18 she was shortlisted in the Bath Novel Award and the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, was highly commended for poetry in the Bridport Prize and came third in The London Magazine Short Story Competition. She is one of three winning poets for Primers: Volume Four, with Nine Arches Press. Find her at or

Lydia Ruffles is the author of The Taste of Blue Light (‘a gripping Bell Jar-type narrative’ – FT) and Colour Me In (‘You do not want to miss this novel’ – Heat). She writes and speaks on creativity, bipolar, OCD, migraine, and other things for Guardian, Sunday Times STYLE, Buzzfeed, National Geographic Traveller, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 2, and more. She's also a MSc Creative Arts & Mental Health student. Tweet her @lydiaruffles and find her on Instagram @lydiaruffles

Emma Smith-Barton (@amnakhokher) is the author of YA novel The Million Pieces of Neena Gill (Penguin Random House, July 2019). Before writing, she taught in secondary schools for six years and is passionate about increasing awareness of mental health in young people. Her short stories have appeared in various publications such as Mslexia and The Bristol Short Story Prize 2016 anthology (under her pseudonym for adult fiction, Amna Khokher).

Helen Trevorrow is a graduate of the 2016 Faber Academy. She is the author of one feminist crime thriller called In The Wake and numerous short stories. She writes for the Huffington Post as herself, and in numerous other publications under different guises for her PR clients in the world of food and drink. She studied at Leeds University and has worked in marketing in London for twenty years. She lives in Brighton. Tweet her @helentrevorrow.

Lorna V (@lornavwriter) is a writer, performer, educator, as well as an MSc student in Creative Arts and Mental Health. Her background is journalism and she is the author behind three Psychologies Magazine branded books Real ConfidenceReal Ambition and Real Calm. Lorna is of Greek-Cypriot descent, and was born in London. She became a child refugee after her family moved back to Cyprus and they were forced to flee from the town of Famagusta in 1974.

Originally from the Netherlands, Maggy van Eijk (@maggyvaneijk) moved to London in 2011. She spent a few years freelancing and selling Häagen-Dazs in West End theatres until she started writing about mental health. In January 2018 her book Remember This When You’re Sad came out. She currently lives in Peckham with her boyfriend and daughter Astrid.

Content note: this event will feature mental health and adult themes. Please note access to the venue is currently via steps. Please contact if you’d like more info.

Date And Time

Mon, February 11, 2019

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM GMT

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