Yrsa Daley-Ward leads a new wave of poets who examine the alchemy between mind and body with subjects ranging from hunger and desire to race and sexuality. The Paris Review and The Atlantic praised bone, her lyrical, vulnerable debut collection. Her soon-to-be released memoir will trace her fascinating journey from devout Seventh Day Adventist in Lancashire to Los Angeles as a queer woman of colour. She discusses her enlivening prose with Candy Royalle.

Supported by the British Council.

Yrsa Daley-Ward (International)

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Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer, LGBTQI activist and poet of West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She initially self-published her debut poetry collection bone in 2014. bone is a poignant collection of poems about the heart, life, and the inner self, examining the alchemy between mind and body, with subjects ranging from hunger, trauma, desire, race and sexuality. Her next book is called The Terrible.

Candy Royalle (Australian)

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Candy Royalle is an award winning writing, performance artist, poet, storyteller, activist, educator and vulnerability advocate. She has performed alongside many of the greats including Kate Tempest, Ursula Rucker, David Malouf, Shane Koyczan, Mark Tredinnick and Sarah & Phil Kay, to name a few. Her work and opinion pieces have been published in The Guardian, Fairfax, Overland, Peril and many more. She is currently working on her third collection of poetry: A Trillion Tiny Awakenings.