Marieke Hardy began life as a child actor and has since forged a successful career as a screenwriter, playwright, producer, artist immersive theatre-maker and media presenter. Marieke was the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Writers Festival for both the groundbreaking 2018 and 2019 programs. She is currently writing a series for a US production company based on a bestseller, a drama for producer John Molloy and has a number of TV and Film projects in development. Marieke has written for Matchbox’s Seven Types of Ambiguity and Nowhere Boys Series 3 and 4. Her other credits include writing on The Family Law, Mr & Mrs Murder, Spirited, Packed to the Rafters, Always Greener, Neighbours, and Something in the Air. Marieke was also a co-creator, co-writer and co-producer on the critically acclaimed ABC comedy series, Laid series 1 and 2, for which she won the 2011 AWGIE for Best Comedy – Situation or Narrative.
She has penned regular columns for The Age, The Drum, and Frankie magazine, as well as features in The Saturday Paper and Spectrum. In addition to writing, Marieke hosted the breakfast radio show on Triple J FM from 2007 – 2009 and was a regular presenter on ABC’s The Book Club for eleven years. She also co-curated and co-produced the ‘international literary phenomenon’ spoken word salon, Women of Letters. The first of seven Women of Letters collection was released in October 2011 with Penguin Books. Her first collection of essays, You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead, was released in 2011 with Allen and Unwin. More recently, Marieke launched a brand-new monthly spoken word event in Melbourne with poet Emilie Zoey Baker titled ‘Better Off Said: Eulogies for the Living and the Dead’. She is a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fellowship.