Bad Diaries Salon #SHIFT, WORD Christchurch, 31 Aug

Bad Diaries Salon SHIFT at WORD Christchurch 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 see you at Bad Diaries … Read more…

Bad Diaries Salon LitCrawl Wellington

Bad Diaries Salon #FIVE at LitCrawl Wellington 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 thrilled to partner with … Read more…

Ant Sang: Dharma Punk at WORD Christchurch

Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas

I’ll be talking collaboration, animation and illustration with the mighty Ant Sang at WORD Christchurch 2018. Ant Sang: Dharma Punk Best known for his Dharma Punks comics, the award-winning graphic novel Shaolin Burning and his work on the ground-breaking animated television series, bro’Town, Ant Sang brings to WORD his latest work, a collaboration with author Michael Bennett. Helen … Read more…

Bad Diaries Salon WORD Christchurch

Word Christchurch 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 gala Starry, Starry Night event. … Read more…

Bad Diaries Salon, Port Fairy

Bad Diaries Salon Port Fairy #DELETED

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 is back with a Winter 2018 series kicking … Read more…

Launching Little Gods

Jenny Ackland's Little Gods

It was my delight and honour to launch Jenny Ackland’s second novel, Little Gods, at Readings Carlton tonight. Here’s my launch speech, which says it all. Update, February 2019: So thrilled that Little Gods has been longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. Read more here. Update, March 2019: She’s only gone and made the Stella Prize … Read more…