Bad Diaries Salon

Bad Diaries Salon was established mid-2017 with a call out from Melbourne writer Jenny Ackland on Twitter – were there any writers who still had their old, bad teenage diaries, and would they be prepared to read them live, in front of an audience?

The response was overwhelming, and Bad Diaries Salon was born.

Since then, more than a dozen salons have been held in Australia and New Zealand, co-curated and managed by Jenny Ackland and Tracy Farr. Some have been stand-alone events, others in partnership with writers festivals. Salons have featured many of Australia and New Zealand’s finest and most exciting writers, both established and emerging, as well as international guests.

Bad Diaries Salons feature writers reading, to a theme, from their diaries and other unpublished juvenilia. Each salon is a unique combination of theme and readers, a performance that is raw, unedited, original and candid: the written word, rediscovered and shared.

There are more salons in the works. Follow Bad Diaries Salon on Twitter (@BadDiariesSalon) or Facebook for news, tag us #BadDiariesSalon in social media, or browse the Bad Diaries Salon posts below.

Visit Bad Diaries Salon creator Jenny Ackland’s Diaries page.

Listen to Jenny Ackland and William McInnes talk about the salon (and read from their diaries) on ABC RN’s The Book Show in 2018.

See Tara Black’s live-drawn review of Bad Diaries Salon at LitCrawl Wellington 2018.


Diaries CRUSH Wellington 2019

Bad Diaries Salon #CRUSH, Wellington LitCrawl, 9 November

September 8, 2019
We’re ridiculously excited to announce another upcoming Bad Diaries Salon. We’ll be back in Aotearoa on 9 November for Verb Wellington feat. LitCrawl. All details at Verb Wellington. Bad Diaries Salon: Crush Returning to LitCrawl after a fabulous Wellington debut in 2018 (see Tara Black’s live-drawn review), Bad Diaries Salon: CRUSH will ...
Bad Diaries Salon PERTH 2019

Bad Diaries Salon #BURN, Perth, 15 October

September 5, 2019
I’m going to be in Perth for a fortnight in October (for the stage premiere of The Hope Fault at WAAPA) – a perfect excuse, if one is needed, to throw a Bad Diaries Salon (and a few other events)! Returning to Perth for the first time in 2 years, this Bad ...
Bad Diaries Salon SHIFT at WORD Christchurch 2019

Bad Diaries Salon #SHIFT, WORD Christchurch, 31 Aug

August 17, 2019
We’re thrilled to be bringing Bad Diaries Salon back to Christchurch on Saturday 31 August at Space Academy. Part of WORD Christchurch’s Shifting Points of View season, this Bad Diaries Salon will be all about #SHIFT. Browse the WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View programme for details of this event and more. We hope to ...
Bad Diaries Salon #FIVE at LitCrawl Wellington 2018

Bad Diaries Salon LitCrawl Wellington

November 10, 2018
After our wildly successful winter season back in July (taking in Port Fairy, Melbourne, Geelong and Christchurch), Bad Diaries Salon is back with an early summer cluster of salons, on both sides of the ditch. First up is Bad Diaries Salon #FIVE, as part of Phase Two of LitCrawl 2018. We’re ...
Bad Diaries Salon RISK at WORD Christchurch 2018

Bad Diaries Salon WORD Christchurch

August 31, 2018
We’re thrilled to be bringing Bad Diaries Salon to New Zealand, and to WORD Christchurch 2018, which runs this year from 29 August to 2 September. The theme for WORD Christchurch this year is ADVENTUROUS, and Bad Diaries Salon will be bringing the #RISK to Friday night at the festival, following on from the ...
Bad Diaries Salon Geelong #FIRST

Bad Diaries Salon, Geelong

July 11, 2018
Bad Diaries Salon was established mid-2017 with a call out from Jenny Ackland on Twitter – were there any writers who still had their old, bad teenage diaries, and would they be prepared to read them live? The response was overwhelming. Result: four salons were held in 2017, and Bad Diaries Salon ...
Bad Diaries Salon INFLUENCED

Bad Diaries Salon, Melbourne

July 10, 2018
Bad Diaries Salon was established mid-2017 with a call out from Jenny Ackland on Twitter – were there any writers who still had their old, bad teenage diaries, and would they be prepared to read them live? The response was overwhelming. Result: four salons were held in 2017, and Bad Diaries Salon ...
Bad Diaries Salon Port Fairy #DELETED

Bad Diaries Salon, Port Fairy

July 7, 2018
Bad Diaries Salon was established mid-2017 with a call out from Jenny Ackland on Twitter – were there any writers who still had their old, bad teenage diaries, and would they be prepared to read them live? The response was overwhelming. Result: four salons were held in 2017, and Bad Diaries Salon ...
BDS Vol 3 Perth - Regrets (credit: Robert Lukins @robertlukins)

The Bad Diaries Salon Volume 3, Perth

September 27, 2017
Melbourne literary phenomenon The Bad Diaries Salon (BDS) is coming to Perth this month, in its first outing beyond Melbourne. The Bad Diaries Salon Volume 3 Perth: Regrets features Brooke Davis, Laurie Steed, Annabel Smith, Jenny Ackland and me reading from our early, unedited works, on the theme of REGRET. The BDS is a salon series where ...