Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian poet, writer, performer and actor.
She is the author of the poetry books Just Give Me The Pills and Love and F--k Poems (which has also been translated into Greek). These poetic works formed the basis of her theatre show I Say The Wrong Things All The Time which premiered at La Mama. Koraly is currently developing a new theatre work Nyphi (Bride) directed by Stephen Nicolazzo with support from Darebin Speakeasy.
She was awarded an associate artist residency at Theatre Works in 2020. Koraly has received several travel grants from the Cypriot government to perform her poetry across the USA and Europe. Her poetry has been translated into Czech and Polish and she has been published in various national and international journals and anthologies. Koraly also makes films of her poems and has received support from Creative Victoria and Australia Council.
Koraly is a freelance opinion writer who has been published widely across the Australian media in publications such as The Saturday Paper, The Age, ABC, with international publications in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Independent (UK) and Aljazeera. For her debut fiction manuscript Divided Island, Koraly was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, a Chantilly residency, the UNESCO City of Literature residency (Krakow) and a Moreland Council writer’s residency.
What activities will the Creators Fund support you to undertake?
I will undertake deep research, experimentation, writing and mentorship with award-winning journalist and author Jenny Valentish for my first book of creative non-fiction, Not Till You’re Married. The research will examine the cultural pressures of the migrant family and/or strict religious family, featuring memoir, cultural critique, interviews, statistics, expert opinion and light poetry highlighting the effects of repression and patriarchy and how strict parenting manifests in the modern adult woman.
Can you talk us through what your work routine will look like with the help of a creator's fund grant?
I will be working on this project for 3 days a week over a six month period. During this time I will be doing research by sourcing studies/reading books and articles on the subject, as well as interviewing experts. I plan to interview women (and a few men) who have suffered repression in their upbringing with one-on-one interviews. I also plan to execute a larger survey to capture statistics. From the information gathered I will do some writing as well share my own story through memoir and poetry.
Where would you like to see yourself and your career at the end of this process?
I’m hoping to have a 1st draft and that I can generate some publisher interest in Not Till You’re Married