The Bad Diaries Salon

2019 Salons

Wow. Already more than half way through 2019 so you might be wondering what’s the deal with the salons this year? Well, I can say we have had a quiet first half but did stage a salon at the Willy Lit Fest in June, it was fab and here is the poster:



Again it was a wonderful salon with readers performing, time travelling, entertaining and moving the rest of us with their selected readings. (Thanks once more to Maestro R Lukins for artwork, as well as to the festival organisers especially Stella for all her hard work pulling the reader list together!)

We have four more 2019 salons in the pipeline that aren’t announced yet. Once we can let you know then of course we will let you know.

Until then: don’t go changing

*nose wrinkle*



November Salons

We have three upcoming salons in November.

1. 10 November in New Zealand at the Wellington LitCrawl. Theme is #FIVE and details are here.

2. 4pm Sunday 18 November, at the Geelong Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival, theme is #GET REAL. Tickets on sale here.

3. 7pm Wednesday 21 November at Buck Mulligan’s Whisky Bar + Bookshop in Northcote. This is a FREE event, and unticketed.
Theme is #CLUELESS.




Salon update – September 2018

We hosted a salon in Christchurch recently as a part of the WORD festival. It was the first time the salon has gone international and it was a BLAST. New readers, new theme of #RISK. It was a great night, and one of the funniest salons we’ve done, yet there was also poignancy and pain; the sharp observations and memories that we have when we look back on our lives. Thanks to readers: AJ Finn, Stacy Gregg, Ray Shipley and Emily Writes. Posters whipped up by multi-talented (& MC for the evening) Tracy Farr.






Winter 2018 series

Blarney Books + Art, Port Fairy [Saturday 7 July]. #DELETED

Buck Mulligan’s Whiskey Bar + Bookshop, Northcote [Tuesday 10 July]. #INFLUENCED

Geelong Library + Heritage Centre, Geelong [Wednesday 11 July] #FIRST



Influenced-1[Winter series posters designed by Robert Lukins]


The concept


Five published writers read for ten minutes, to a theme, from their terrible old diaries or other juvenilia. It can be bad poetry. Terrible song lyrics. Stories written in childhood. 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 for some of the fabulous Australian writers who have read at a Bad Diaries Salon 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, some events are free and some ticketed.

You can read here about the Perth salon REGRETS, and two of the Melbourne salons TRIPS and MISTAKES.

In the meantime, while you cool your impatient heels, if you can access it, have a listen to a chat on TRIPLE RRR, about the Bad Diaries project. I’m on about 1:35 hrs in.

I also chatted with ABC Bendigo and ABC Ballarat in the week of 7 July about the Port Fairy salon.

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Bad Diaries Salon poster artwork by Robert Lukins, Esq.