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A Paper Room of Our Own: Encounters with Literary Diaries – A Master Class

Saturday 28 March 2015

2 Hours 30 Minutes


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Diaries keep secrets; they harbour fantasies and fictional histories. They are substitute boyfriends, girlfriends, husband and wives and sometimes children. But in the 21st century, diary writing is on the wane. The dignified space of the private diary has been replaced by a culture of public blurting.

Writer and academic Sally Bayley will offer a unique encounter with the diaries and private writings of several literary diarists, including Sylvia Plath and her literary foremother, Virginia Woolf, and Woolf’s diary-ancestor, Samuel Pepys. Working directly with published and unpublished materials, the event will run as an interactive workshop bringing together diary voices, diary doodles and drawings and other memorabilia. Participants will create a unique voice piece that will play with the half-heard, half-spoken words and phrases of the diary-world. 

‘They published your diary and that’s how I got to know you’ (The Indigo Girls on Virginia Woolf)

This event lasts two-and-a-half-hours. Ticket price of £25 includes tea/coffee/biscuits.