Everyone has a secret, a story they've never told anyone. What's yours?
Follow a trail through Bloomsbury and track down diaries hidden in bookshops,
cafés, pubs and leafy squares. Each diary invites you to contribute a different
type of story or secret - perhaps a London memory you've never shared, a confession
from the past, or a message for a significant figure in your life.
Devised by Elizabeth Dearnley and curator and researcher Michael Eades
for the Bloomsbury Festival 2017,
The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury allowed festivalgoers to add to a collaborative collage of stories reflecting those passing through the area's
streets and public spaces. The project draws on Elizabeth's interest in story-mapping
and the relationship between narrative and place, and Michael's research into the
cultural contexts of Bloomsbury, and builds on their previous story-collecting work
in Bloomsbury and Walthamstow.
Following the Bloomsbury Festival, diaries were left in place in various locations
for passers-by to find (Russell Square, Brunswick Square Gardens, the Bloomsbury
Coffee House, Coram's Fields, the Camera Museum, the Foundling Museum, the Curzon).
You can also follow the diaries on Twitter @BloomsSecret
- and share your stories with #bloomsburysecret.
Bloomsbury Festival, 18-22 October 2017