Calling all diarists!

Are you are diarist?  If so we would like to invite you and thousands of other diarists to contribute your stories to an extraordinary ‘self portrait’ of today’s diarist.

LoveMyDiary is an exciting and unique project to uncover the hidden lives of living diarists and their innermost thoughts and writings.  The project is the result of a collaboration between the artist Derek Eland, King’s College London and The Great Diary Project.

The Great Diary Project aims to collect as many diaries as possible for long-term preservation.  No other kind of document than the diary offers such a wealth of information about daily life and the ups and downs of human existence.

We’d love to hear from you and to have your contribution to the biggest portrait of living diarists ever attempted.

On a blank postcard:

  • Tell us why you keep a diary and when and where you write it
  • Write down the most personal or important entry from your diaries
  • Send us a photograph of yourself in your own diary writing space
  • Tell us whether you would like to be a diarist in focus as part of our gallery of featured diarists.

Please send your postcard and photograph to:


PO Box 407



Alternatively send by email to: LoveMyDiary@yahoo.com (we would prefer postcards and printed photographs for the project but understand that this might be difficult for some diarists)

(You could choose to keep your handwritten stories anonymous by not including your photograph or any personal details.)

The final stories and photographs from diarists will be collected and exhibited in 2017 at a location in Central London. More details on the exhibition to follow.

The material you send to the GDP for use in the LoveMyDiary project will be for public use, in perpetuity. Your email address will not be used for any external marketing or by any other organisations. However, we would like to retain your email address so that the GDP can contact you about the forthcoming exhibition. By sending us your responses you are agreeing to these terms.