Bad Diaries Salon

The concept

Five published writers read for ten minutes, to a theme, from their terrible old diaries, woeful poetry, awful short stories, sad abandoned novels or other early works. No writing to purpose, no editing or revising. Events are not recorded, there are no auditions or submissions, and the salons are proving candid, hilarious, rare, unique and special. And awkward. See posters below for some of the fabulous Australian writers who have read at a BDS so far. We are planning more salons for 2018, so stay tuned for announcements here and on FB. If you are a published Australian writer and would like to read, if you have gold in diary or early works form, please get in touch via the contact page. We will also be looking at running salons with other groups of five: musicians, journos, visual artists, dancers and so on. So likewise, if you have some old teen diaries burning a hole in your psyche, please let me know. Readers are paid, and events are free.

In the meantime, while you cool your impatient heels, if you can access it, have a listen to a recent chat with Melissa Cranenburgh and Gerard Elson on TRIPLE RRR, about the Bad Diaries project. I’m on about 1:35 hrs in, but do listen to Jennifer Down on first, talking about her residency at Banff, and Morris Gleitzman about becoming the new Australian Children’s Laureate (they’re on before me).

Content coming soon. Also in the meantime follow #BDS on Facebook

BDS poster artwork by Robert Lukins, Esq.