Friday, September 4 @ 7:00pm
63 Johnston Street Fitzroy
Pre-book ($15/20) or on the door ($20/25)
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ONLY NIGHT IN MELBOURNE!
Candy Royalle has just returned from her Butch Priestess International Tour and is performing for ONE NIGHT ONLY in Melbourne at the Hare Hole. She will be performing a selection of new and pre-loved pieces, supported by MamaBoho and Eunice Andrada.
Candy Royalle is a performance artist, poet, storyteller, activist and educator who shares confronting, political, human and heart wrenching narratives delivered in her own inimitable style to audiences all over Australia and the world, hoping to break open closed hearts. She seeks to take poetry into non-traditional spaces by collaborating with musicians, dancers, film makers, photographers and visual artists. She has published two collections of poetry “Love Spectacular” and “Heartbeats” as well as two albums “Stories by Starlight” and “Frida People”. Candy Royalle is a festival veteran and has performed both solo and with her band at innumerable folk, music, arts and writers festivals both nationally and internationally having toured parts of the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. She has been awarded numerous prizes including the World Performance Poetry Cup, a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship in Poetry and the Austin International Poetry Festival award in Excellence in Poetry plus nominated for many more. She has also been selected for a number of residencies including with Bundanon Trust and Performance Space. Candy has been published in multiple journals, anthologies and literary magazines and has appeared alongside many of Australia’s and world’s greatest poetic voices.
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriol, and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
Meet Charlotte, short-statured, pocket rocket, dancer, poet, goat enthusiast, adventurer, exhibitionist, theatrical can-can dancer and perpetually hungry makeup enthusiast. We met on the balcony of the equally fiery and petite Cabinet Bar and Gallery where Charlotte firmly declared that “Gin is Food.”
So who are you? I’m Charlotte Laurasia Raymond. I like to say I’m a goat enthusiast. I guess I could also say social worker, Filipino Sri Lankan, queer, all those things are true, but fall short of really telling you who I am. I identify strongly with being short (I’m 5 foot high). And I’m passionate, I think passionate is just a good word to describe me.
Why short? Cause it’s endearing! Also, because connects me with my mum who is also short. Much of my identity comes from my mum’s connection with the Philippines, with her status as an outsider. Growing up, at extended family gatherings, my mother used to sit with the children and it wasn’t till I grew older that I understood it was because she felt like an outsider. I think one of the common themes of my identity is being mixed race, being queer but not overtly queer and having a physically small structure. I think by always focusing on my height I get to identify with these parts of me without having to be explicit.
Some of your most compelling pieces are about your mother. Has she ever seen your poetry? She’s seen it on YouTube, my brother showed her a video and said she liked it, but she’s never spoken to me about it. Writing poetry about my mother has felt like a healing process in rebuilding for what was a long time a very estranged relationship.
Never invited her to a live show? I do a lot of poetry about being queer and my parents don’t know that about me.
But so much of your poetry on the internet references your queerness. We just don’t talk about these things. I’ve always been the initiator of change and the one bringing conflict
Jay J Larkin performs ’23’ at Girls on Key, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Open Studio.
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Jay J Larkin combines her love for poetry and good food every month at her pop up poetry cafe Miss Millie’s. Here she’s been able to cultivate a community of poets mature and green, whilst eating homemade brownies. When she’s not baking for Miss Millie’s you can find her running workshops for high schools, judging many a competition or running more poetry events with the Islamic Museum of Australia. And sometimes when she’s not behind the scenes she takes place on stage and performs her own work, almost always centring around relationships, identity, feminism and her journey as a woman so far.
Girls on Key is a monthly poetry event supporting women and non-binary artists, that takes place usually on the first Wednesday of the month at Open Studio, Northcote. For more information visit girlsonkey.com, their Facebook Page, Twitter, and YouTube channel.