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 writers read from their early works – diaries, poetry attempts, first novels and other juvenilia – whether great, terrible, candid, embarrassing, or all of the above. All readings are unedited, raw and original.
From a throwaway comment on Twitter, the BDS was conceived by Jenny Ackland and co-founded in mid-2017 by Jenny Ackland, Jane Rawson and Cassandra Austin. Jenny wrote about the origins of the concept:
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?
The first Bad Diaries Salon, on the theme of Mistakes, was held in Melbourne in July, setting the format for the series: five readers read for ten minutes each, to a theme. Readers and audience grab drinks and food and chat in between.
We hope you can join us in Perth for Bad Diaries Salon Volume 3. You won’t regret it.
The Bad Diaries Salon Volume 3 Perth: REGRETS
Five writers read from their ‘early, unedited’ (i.e. embarrassing and terrible) works on the theme of REGRET.
Grab a cocktail or a wine and come sit in the courtyard as we share our innermost regrets.
When: Wednesday 27 September, 6.30pm (first reader at 7pm)
Where: 399 Bar, 399 William St, Perth(need a map?)
Tickets: Free entry, but space is limited, so we recommend you give the event a tick on Facebook (where you can find event details)
- If you’re in Melbourne, The Bad Diaries Salon Volume 2: TRIPS is on 19 September
- The Bad Diaries Salon was conceived by Jenny Ackland – here’s how it came about
- Follow The Bad Diaries Salon on Facebook
- Bad Diaries Salon image by Robert Lukins, who you will not regret following on Twitter @robertlukins