Marieke Hardy in conversation with Mika Pediaditis
August 18 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Change and personal reflection: both are essential in life. But what does it feel like for someone in the public eye? High school friends who reunited as adults, locals Mika Pediaditis and Marieke Hardy discuss this reconnection; their growth from wild Goth teens to women, the essential nature of friendship as a mirror, and how much of one’s emotional journey needs to be shared with the outside world.
Marieke is a curator, screenwriter, artist, author and immersive theatre maker. She has penned regular columns for The Age, The Drum and Frankie magazine, and written for many television shows, including Laid, The Family Law and Seven Types of Ambiguity. She is co-curator of international literary salon Women of Letters and a regular panelist on ABC’s The Book Club. A collection of her essays was released through Allen and Unwin in 2011. She is a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fellowship and the new Artistic Director of the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Mika and her family are eleven-years-local to Daylesford. Mika has over twenty years experience working in the community and human services sector – predominantly in youth work, more recently in research, teaching and project management, and always with a focus on social justice and structural change. She has publications in two academic journals. Once in a while she strings a few extravagant words together, slaps some paint on a canvas – and ponders the vibrant, nourishing vista of The Arts.
Marieke and Mika met and became friends in 1992 at Swinburne Secondary College.