Alexander Masters: The Great Diary Project 


Sun 15 Oct
14:00 - 15:30
Festival Marquee
£10, £9 concessions

Hosted by Lesley McCabe from BBC Radio Surrey

How many of us have thrown out the diaries of loved ones, or our own, believing them of no interest, or too embarrassing, to be kept? Author Alexander Masters will explain why it is so important for us to hold onto our diaries as a social record, and why we should all keep written records of our lives.  He will discuss The Great Diary Project, a national archive founded by two diary devotees in 2007, with the aim of  rescuing, and making public, a growing collection of diaries revealing the extraordinary and the everyday in individual lives, and will read passages and anecdotes from some of the extensive collection.

Masters will also talk about his own book, A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip, the true story of his five-year quest to uncover the identity and real history of the author of these abandoned volumes.

We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances Dr Irving Finkel and Dr Polly North, founders of The Great Diary Project, who were due to speak at the Festival are unable to attend.

A bizarre, engrossing, affectionate book that is a triumph on every level.
— The Times
Profoundly moving
— Daily Mail
Masters is a beautiful writer: funny, inquisitive and attentive
— Observer