We invite you to share your thoughts about diaries.
If you would like to join in further research into online identity, please visit Ego-Media’s DiaryBox at www.ego-media.org/diarybox
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.
As Great Diary Project patron Michael Palin comments:
“There’s no such thing as an ordinary life”
LoveMyDiary is an exciting and unique project to uncover the hidden lives of living diarists and their innermost thoughts and writings. Please visit this link for more information: LoveMyDiary.
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:
Please send your postcard and photograph to: LoveMyDiary, Polly North, Bishopsgate Library, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH.
Alternatively send by email to: [email protected] (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.)
‘I have perceived my selfe to be stirred up here of late to more waspishness and bitterness of speech, then 7 yeares before… I found through examination diverse blemishes in my selfe.’
Richard Rogers, a sixteenth-century puritan, diary entry, 28 February 1588.
For some it is their most private possession, so how would you feel about revealing the most personal and important entry from your diary? That’s the idea behind LoveMyDiary, a new project to uncover the hidden lives of living diarists and their innermost thoughts and writings.
But if you haven’t started a diary yet, we are here to help. BBC’s Get Creative caught up with the Great Diary Project patron and committed diarist Michael Palin to find out how he started documenting his life, from the birth of his children to the death of loved ones and everything in between ……
‘I shall perhaps obtain actual relief from writing. Today, for instance, I am particularly oppressed by one memory of a distant past. It came back vividly to my mind a few days ago, and has remained haunting me like an annoying tune that one cannot get rid of. And yet I must get rid of it somehow.’
Dostoyevsky, The Adolescent.