When Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” what he was really talking about was being a teenager. Parents, pimples, first loves, first sex, first mistakes … The teen years can make or break a person forever.
Join Marieke Hardy (‘The Book Show’, Women of Letters), Nick Coyle (Pig Island, Me Pregnant!) Justin Heazlewood (the Bedroom Philosopher) and others as they read excerpts from their own personal archives of angst and ecstasy – their diaries.
Hosted by Virginia Gay.
Justin Heazlewood is one of Australia’s most versatile storytellers. Music and comedy fans know him best as the ARIA award-nominated Bedroom Philosopher, a moniker under which Heazlewood has released several albums of incisive, brutally funny and often heartbreaking songs. Heazlewood is also a writer of journalism and essays – bringing humour and critical thinking to important issues such as mental illness, unemployment and the frailty of human relationships.
He has written two acclaimed books: the memoir The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries (2012), followed by Funemployed (2014), which focused on the ecstasies, horrors and realities of being a working artist. The latter earned praise from Tony Martin, Dave Graney and international writer Neil Gaiman, and featured interviews with over 100 local and international artists including Gotye (Wally De Backer), Clare Bowditch, John Safran, Tony Martin, Amanda Palmer, Christos Tsiolkas, Tim Rogers and Adam Elliot.
Marieke Hardy was born on or around the set of The Sullivans and has remained in the media ever since.
Virginia Gay is a performer for stage and television.
Nick Coyle is a writer and theatre-maker who lives in Sydney.