Diaries keep secrets. They harbour our fantasies and histories, from the extraordinary to the mundane. They record our lives as we live them…or perhaps as we choose to remember them.
The Private Life of the Diary tells the story of the diary as a form of cultural survival. Sally Bayley traces its history from Samuel Pepys through to Virginia Woolf, who recorded everything, from her personal confessions about her irritation with her servants to her memories of Armistice Day and the solar eclipse of 1927.
Drawing on the author’s own memoirs and a host of the world’s most famous diarists, this book is a celebration of the importance of writing and self-reflection as a means of forging identity. Sally Bayley is a Lecturer in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Saturday 8 October,
Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
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