Blogger lays it bare for all

CANDID: Author and blogger Marieke Hardy will add some spice to the program.
CANDID: Author and blogger Marieke Hardy will add some spice to the program.

MARIEKE Hardy's memoir opens with: "At the age of eleven I decided with no small sense of certainty that when I grew up I wanted to become a prostitute."

Hardy is not an author who holds back.

She has made her name with her unflinchingly honest and candid writing of her award-winning caustic, dirtily funny (though no longer updated) blog, Reasons You Will Hate Me, and her personal essays regularly published in Frankie magazine and The Age.

Last year Hardy released her first book, You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead - a collection of stories that are both hilarious and hedonistic.

It's frothy, bubbly and witty, as anyone familiar with her public personality would expect, but it is also deeper, darker and very honest as she dissects her memories of her own recent past.

Her work is incredibly personal and Hardy is never afraid of revealing her own pains, failings and vulnerabilities, as well as humorous details of her daily life.

But the author and self-confessed Twitter addict knows the line between being open and keeping some things sacred.

"I feel extremely comfortable and absolutely know my own limits," she confesses.

"I have a rain machine in the bedroom to help me sleep and for my birthday my boyfriend hooked up massive speakers so we could have real rain in the bedroom.

"I wrote about it on Twitter and was about to take a photo to post, but suddenly I went 'you know what, that's private'. I write about what happens in that bed, well to a degree, but I knew my line was there.

"Some people who have read my book have said 'I would never be able to write about that'. Well I would never be able to post a picture of my bed."

Intensely passionate, feisty and extremely well- read, Hardy is enthusiastic about a great deal of things.

Live music, cooking, veganism (which she took up a couple of years ago) and veteran political journalist Bob Ellis (whom she named her dog after) all make the list.

But above all, Hardy loves words.

Marieke Hardy will be a guest at the Byron Bay Writers' Festival from August 3 to 5. For details head to

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