An Adventure in Regret – Bad Diary Salon
We’ve all written without censorship to the almighty Diary Gods. No one will ever hear your cringeworthy, most inner thoughts….. Or will they?
The Bad Diaries Salon was established mid-2017 with a call out from author, Jenny Ackland on Twitter – were there any writers who still had their old, bad teenage diaries, and would they be prepared to read from them live?
Join us and witness a unique performance that is raw, unedited, original and candid: the written word, rediscovered and shared.
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“This is a new thing, happening in Melbourne and elsewhere. On twitter one day I put the question out whether there were any writers with their old (bad) diaries – you know, the excruciating ones from childhood, teen-hood and early adulthood. Where it was all about the self, the indignities and mistakes. Pages filled with complaints and minutiae and worries and illicit feelings.
The second thing I asked on twitter that day was: And would you be prepared to read from them live?
Well, such a response. People keen to read, people keen to listen. People bemoaning the fact that they had burned their diaries. That following weekend saw people all over the place, including New Zealand, checking garages and attics and cupboards for their old diaries. Kate Forsyth reported back that she has 60 volumes. SIXTY.” Jenny Ackland