After living a life prescribed for me by migrant culture, I exploded out at age thirty in poetry. Today, as a single mother, I have made it my mission to connect with other women who have been repressed or are repressed by culture or religion. I want to empower them, to help them feel less alone, to help them see that they have choices, because I did not have this and it was very, very hard. Thanks for visiting my site and supporting my art. Hope to cross paths with you someday. Love, Koraly
Koraly Dimitriadis is a widely published and acclaimed Cypriot-Australian poet, writer, actor and performer. She is the author of the books Just Give Me The Pills (2018) and Love and F**k Poems(2012), the latter being a bestseller for the poetry genre in Australia. It was translated into Greek as Ποιήματα για Αγάπη και για Γαμήσι and published by ΑΣΤΑΜΑΝ in 2014 to rave reviews and debate, with European English and Greek rights sold in 2015 to Honest Publishing (UK). Koraly is a freelance essayist/journalist/opinion writer and has had countless articles published across Australian news sites such as News.com.au, Rendezview, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Age, SMH, ABC, SBS, The Saturday Paper, Daily Life, Junkee.com, New Matilda, Overland, Mamamia, Neos Kosmos and others. In 2018 Koraly was also published in The Independent (UK) and The Washington Post. Koraly is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).
Koraly is a trailblazing performance poet having performed nationally and internationally at theatres and festivals including the Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Feminist Writers Festival, Human Rights Festival, Mitosz Festival (Krakow UNESCO City of Literature), and Sardam Literary Festival (Cyprus). She has received numerous travel grants from the Cypriot Ministry of Education and has toured Europe and the USA, attending the American Society of Journalists and Author’s conference in New York in 2019. In 2013 she produced, co-directed and acted in a collection of short films of her poetry called The Good Greek Girl Film Project, which were partially funded by an Australia Council ArtStart grant, and screened on Channel 31 and at film festivals nationally. From this series, ‘Best Friend’ was shortlisted in the Drama and Performance categories for the Australian Online Video Awards. The series was optioned for a TV show by producer Cristina Pozzan with some development done on the series. Koraly also produced and acted in her first unscripted feature Koraly (a mockumentary): I wonder if they’ll make the TV show in 2016 which was also broadcast on Channel 31.
Koraly made her theatre debut in 2016 with her one-woman poetic play Koraly : ‘I say the wrong things all the time’ to rave reviews. Directed by international director Olga Aristodemou and premiering at Melbourne’s La Mama Theatre, Koraly wrote, produced and acted in the play which she plans to tour. Koraly is also a cast member of Outer Urban Projects’ Poetic License which premiered at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in 2014 at Footscray Community Arts Centre, and was remounted at Darebin Arts, and 45 Downstairs.
As part of her theatre debut in 2016 Koraly undertook intense one-on-one acting training with her director Olga Aristodemou who has studied acting extensively on an international level. Koraly has completed training at The Film Space with director Aleksi Vellis and at TAFTA with Peter Andrikidis. Koraly has a diploma in professional writing and editing from RMIT and a double degree in accounting and computing. She was a radio presenter for 3CR community radio for a number of years and also has experience as an editor, festival curator and literary judge. She is a mentor and manuscript assessor for Writers Victoria and guest lectures for poetry at RMIT. Koraly has also recently started conducting workshops about writing fearlessly or ‘Writing like you don’t care what people think’ which she has run in Limassol at NeMe Arts Space, in Nicosia at Home 4 Cooperating in the UN buffer zone, and at the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute. She has also sat on panels at events such as The Emerging Writers Festival, The Antipodes Writers Festival, and the Diversity Arts Australia Fair Play Symposium.
Koraly is a hard-hitting writer of non-fiction and fiction who explores themes such as feminism, sexuality and culture while challenging the traditional norms of literature and art. Her creative writing has been widely published in publications such as Southerly, Blue Dog, Meanjin, [Untitled], Short and Twisted, Social Alternatives, Little Raven, Etchings, Unusual Works, Offset, Southern Sun Aegean Light, F**k Poems (US), The Green Fuse, Poetry and Place Anthology, Paradise Anthology, Sotto, Page 17, Victorian Writer’s Centre Magazine, The Emerging Writer’s Festival’s The Reader, and forthcoming in 2019 she will be published in UQP’s Solid Air. Her writing has been broadcast on radio and television and has scrolled on Federation square wall. She gained a place in the Overland masterclass in 2009 and then went on to blog for the journal for a number of years. Koraly has had poems, novels, and short stories longlisted for prizes in Australia and overseas. In 2017 Koraly was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for her novel-in-progress, Divided Island, which she has received mentorship from Christos Tsiolkas and Anna Kannava. Koraly was awarded an artist residency at Chantilly Studio in 2018, and a HOANI writers residency with the Cypriot Ministry of Education. In 2019 Koraly was awarded the UNESCO City of Literature residency in Krakow.
“I am so obsessed with Koraly. Her poetry confuses and delights the everloving fuck out of me. When I read it, I feel big question marks and exclamation points spontaneously erupting above my head, which is the only correct emotional response to poetry. Her work is disarming, emotionally fearless and she sounds like nobody else alive. How could you not love someone who made a trailer for her first book while screaming in a wedding dress? I will read her poetry forever.”– Hera Lindsay Bird, international bestselling poet
“Koraly is an extraordinary and highly talented writer/performer. She is extremely brave and upfront and she has no hesitation in writing and performing works that are unique, original, sophisticated and at the same time amusing and entertaining.”– Daniel Scharf, Producer, Romper Stomper
“Ms Dimitriadis is the voice of an angry Australia. Her anger is for the disaffected, the voiceless and the invisible.”
– Paul Capsis, award-winning performer
“One of the brightest stars in the new poetry scene…”
“She is merciless…astounding…”– Stage Whispers
“A voice that demands to be heard”– Overland Literary Journal
“When I saw Koraly perform her poetry at Girls on Key, a spoken word space for women in Northcote, something touched me in a place in my body that I thought I needed to be ashamed of. That place where rage and anger internalise into a pocket of silence. Koraly’s art gave me permission to claim my story, feel accepted and understood and to ultimately to feel free from the shackles of social norms”– Lisa Tribuzio, Diversity Consultant, Lotus Consulting