TLC Charity Event for the Maya Centre

TLC Charity Event for the Maya Centre
25 Nov 2013 at 06:30 pm
25 Nov 2013 at 09:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,

We are delighted that renowned novelist, journalist and campaigner Melissa Benn will return to host the 2013 fundraiser for a wonderful charity, The Maya Centre, which provides free psychodynamic counselling and group psychotherapy for women in Islington.  Melissa is patron of the Maya Centre, and the fundraiser makes for a first-class night out whilst helping others.

This year our illustrious line up of women consists of legendary actress Eleanor Bron, and prize-winning authors Jackie Kay, Ali Smith and Diana Evans. After the readings, an auction with a range of exciting items will be led by Simon Fanshawe. The event will entertain, dazzle and help us reflect about the work of the Maya Centre and many aspects of our society, so join us for an intimate evening at the vibrant Free Word Centre, enjoy a glass of wine and canapes, and kick the Christmas season off in style.

Eleanor Bron is a writer and actress whose career started in the 1960’s, working in Peter Cook’s Establishment  nightclub, alongside John Bird and John Fortune, and continued in both comedy and drama, in theatre, television and radio. Her TV work has ranged from Absolutely Fabulous to Play for Today. Among her films are Help; Bedazzled; Two for the Road, Women In Love, and A Little Princess. She has written memoir, a novel, a song-cycle (with John Dankworth); and co-written several comedy series for television. She is currently working on a series of short plays.

Diana Evans was born in London and spent part of her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria. A former music and arts editor of Pride Magazine, she has written features, essays and criticism for Marie ClaireThe IndependentThe ObserverThe Guardian, The TelegraphThe Financial Times and Harper’s Bazaar . Evans’s first novel, 26a, was the Decibel Writer of the Year winner at the 2006 British Book Awards and the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers. It has been translated into twelve languages.

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. Her novel The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Darling was a Poetry Book Society choice. Fiere, her most recent collection of poems, was shortlisted for the Costa award.  Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002.

Ali Smith is an award-winning short story writer and novelist.  Her first book, Free Love and Other Stories , won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award.  A second collection of short stories, Other Stories and Other Stories, was published in 1999 and her second novel, Hotel World, won the inaugural Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award. It was also shortlisted for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Booker Prize for Fiction. In 2004, her novel, The Accidental (2004), was published, and won the 2005 Whitbread Novel Award. (Photograph by Sarah Wood.)

Tickets are £35 but we have offered various pricing options so that you can donate more if you wish. All proceeds go to the Maya Centre.

Tickets: £35   £60   £85   £110

Click here to book or call Free Word at: 020 7324 2570.

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