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Jacqueline Atta-Hayford


Location icon United Kingdom

A London-based writer of colour in her late 20s, gathering ideas and experiences to turn into written works.

My major interests are music, literature, mental health and wellness.

Learning is my favourite thing to do.

MyLife Enfield
Ordnance Unity Centre Library

Copy written to advertise the services offered at my current workplace for a local social care services website.

Most Recent

5 Misconceptions about self-care

This is heavily inspired by a Tumblr post I saw recently called " Self-Care For When You Hit Rock Bottom", and I have to give credit where credit is due before I continue. I'm sure as a blogger who wants to make my writing space on the internet attractive and appealing I'm guilty of playing into the problem of glamorizing self-care.

Writing for Various Online Publications

The way you carry it: emotional labour and self-care in interracial dating | gal-dem

All of my interracial dating experiences have come packed together with many kinds of racial emotional labour for me to deal with. Whether it be microaggressions or racial ignorance, I know there are a lot of black women who share my experiences and more still that will be coming into those experiences as they get older, and what I have found is that the most important thing is how you look after your own mental health and self-esteem.

Anne Marie Morris, and the nature of common sense racism in Britain

Tory MP Anne Marie Morris was recently recorded using the phrase "n****r in the woodpile" at a meeting discussing how financial services would be effected by Britain leaving the EU without a deal. The leaked recording has received a large amount of backlash in the media, and as of this moment Ms. Morris has been suspended.

Black Girl Nerds
Beyond The Strong Female Character

I believe we are at the point where mere strength isn't enough for us, and the next stages of female characterization are where we should be looking. That next stage is all about diversifying, about asking "What makes a good character?" or perhaps "What makes a good female character?".

Learning To Love Meditation

The very first time I attempted to meditate was in my first year of secondary school. We were on a class retreat. The reason why is vague in my memory, but the exercise was intended to get us all to relax and open ourselves up to the experience of the day more.
My Inside Story - Work Experience

Jacqueline recently joined us for work experience at Hodder Education having attended the 'Inside Story: Insight Into Publishing' Event. Here she tells us more about her placement with a few tips on how to make the most of your work experience... My experience with a work placement for Hachette may come from a slightly different perspective than the norm.

Black Girl Nerds
So, I've Been Thinking About Afros... - Black Girl Nerds

Share this post! When I was in school we had a rule as part of our dress code - that hair must be no more than five centimeters above the head. So no top-knots, no beehives, and definitely no afros. A black girl having her hair out was seen as 'messy' and 'against school uniform'.

Personal Blog Posts

An Anxious Mind
Your local library is a wealth of knowledge on mental health

I mentioned on our twitter page for the blog that I sincerely appreciated the information about Mind and Childline at the end of each book in Jo Cotterill's Hopewell High series. It's a collection of books that deal with the subject of mental illness in teenagers.

An Anxious Mind
Anxiety and Depersonalization Part 1: Facts & Feelings

Any of the quotations I use in this post will be from the book I did the majority of my research with. It has the very succinct and completely easy to remember title: "Overcoming depersonalization & feelings of unreality - A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques."

An Anxious Mind
#MHAW16 - Extending and Receiving Empathy

It is now officially Mental Health Awareness Week! This is a week all about shedding light on the effects of mental illness, and paths to mental health and wellbeing, for people everywhere. Obviously, given the subject matter of this blog, it's kind of a big deal for me.

An Anxious Mind
The Responsibilities of Being Mentally Ill

This blog post is not going to be about blaming you for your depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, or any mental illness you may be struggling with. This post is not telling you to "suck it up" or "get over it" because that is useless and unhelpful advice.

An Anxious Mind
Some Days You Will Feel Darkness

In honour of today the 10th of September being World Suicide Prevention day I want to talk about feelings, and how sometimes those of us who suffer from anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mental illnesses of that nature will sometimes feel an overwhelming and seemingly inescapable darkness creep up on us from time to time.

An Anxious Mind
In Defense of Medication

In one of my earliest posts, I spoke about how I was first encouraged to speak to a GP about my mental health concerns. After two personally frustrating meetings with the same doctor I was prescribed medication for my anxiety.

An Anxious Mind
On Panic

The most viewed piece of writing on my blog: I want to talk, for a little while, about panic. I want to talk about it, because sometimes there may be a situation in which you don't know what to do, in whatever form, and this thing inside you starts bubbling up out of nowhere and changes the way you feel, the way you think, and in particularly intense situations the way you speak, hear, see, move, or perceive information.

An Anxious Mind
10 Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

Difficulty in sleeping is something that affects us all in varying degrees and at varying times. I've had a lot of trouble with sleep throughout my life, with recurring nightmares, to frequent sleep paralysis (which is an issue some other family members of mine have too), and just not being able to get to sleep properly or at all.

Writing for Crumbs For Men

Crumbs For Men
Neon Hitch Interview at The Miller, London Bridge

We settled down for the interview in a small changing room sat on amps and boxes. Neon Hitch had changed out of her Modern-Marilyn-Monroe-Meets-Burlesque-style stage outfit in favour of a long sparkly dress a little reminiscent of Jessica Rabbit. Super glamorous but cool, laughing, and having fun with everyone after her live performance at London Bridge's The Miller.

Crumbs For Men
Hayden Wylds: Coffee & Records

Hayden Wylds Coffee and Records store is a small place on the Lower Clapton road. The place itself is small and unassuming, and fits in to the street quite well. Any passer-by may just wander past without noticing it at all, but if you are a lover of fairly obscure music, vinyl records, and a cool atmosphere, I would urge you to give Hayden Wylds a visit.

Crumbs For Men
Artist Spotlight: Gabby Young & Other Animals

The initial discovery of Gabby Young & Other Animals lends itself perfectly to the word 'intrigue'. The first couple of songs creates this internal question mark; a curiosity, and therein a need to understand and figure out what it is you are listening to. Am I hearing folk here? Swing?

Crumbs For Men
Eric Benet performs at the Jazz Cafe, Camden

The atmosphere inside the Jazz Cafe itself before the show properly began was great in and of itself. The venue is quite a small, narrow building so people were packed in quite tightly, but still dancing to the music being played all night.

Crumbs For Men
Lemar at the Jazz Cafe Camden

UK's favourite soul man returns for two nights of intimate shows at the infamous Jazz Cafe on the 1st & 2nd May with live band.

Literary Focused Pieces

On Dramatic Illusion

Literary essay written for the Enfield Charles Lamb Festival 2015

Why I Love Anna Barbauld

I have a BA in English Literature, and in the time I find within my busy schedule of sobbing, drinking, and regretting my horrendous life choices, I find myself reminiscing about some of the classes I took while I was in university.

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