Poet Candy Royalle on the road to belonging.
Candy was an award winning writer, performance artist, poet, storyteller, activist, educator and vulnerability advocate. Candy’s album “Birthing the Sky Birthing the Sea,” a collaboration with the band The Freed Radicals, explored a fusion of rock and roll, funk, experimental soundscapes, hip hop, poetry with song. She published two solo collections, “Love Spectacular” and “Heartbeats,” and toured extensively in Australia, the UK, Canada and the USA, with performances at The Sydney Writers Festival, The Stella Awards, The Austin International Poetry Festival, The Latitudes Festival in Toronto and Woodford Folk Festival, to name a few. Her poetry and opinion pieces were published by Fairfax, SBS, Overland Literary Magazine, Mascara Literary Review, Peril Magazine, Australian Love Poems, RN’s Poetica, AIPF’s Diversity anthology, “Butch is Not a Dirty Word” magazine and many more. A new collection of Candy’s poems, ‘A Tiny Trillion Awakenings’ will be published by UWAP in November 2018.
Sadly, Candy passed away in June 2018 from ovarian cancer. She was remembered by her family and the LGBTQIA+ community for her strength, conviction and passion, and she will be deeply missed.
An extended version of this story is featured in the Queerstories book which can be ordered on Booktopia.