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The School

Centralian Middle School which commenced operation at the beginning of the 2010 school year provides quality education for students in Years 7 through to Year 9. The Middle Years of Schooling provides young adolescents with the opportunity to explore themselves and the world in which they live. Centralian Middle School provides educational experiences that are meaningful and beneficial to all students and advance their learning capacity for future pathways to employment and training. 

The Project

The Red Room Company has paired up with the Northern Territory Writers' Festival (Eye of the Storm, Alice Springs) to present special poetry workshops for Centralian Middle School students. Poet Candy Royalle will lead students in dynamic exercises that inspire strong poetry and performance. With activities inspired by The Disappearing learning resource, students will trace memories rooted to time and place in their writing. Their poems will later appear in The Disappearing app. (Download it here for Apple devices. The Disappearing app is currently in re-development for Android devices and will re-launch in late 2015.)

The Poet

Candy Royalle

Vale Candy Royalle - celebrating the poet, warrior, artist


Candy Royalle is an award winning performing writing, performance artist, poet, storyteller, activist, educator and vulnerability advocate who fuses cinematic storytelling, poetry and unique vocal rhythms with confronting, political and heart thumping content seeking to break open closed hearts. She has performed alongside many of the greats including Kate Tempest, Ursula Rucker (who said “Candy Royalle is all at once fragile, powerful, raw, sensitive, beautiful, unflinching and honest. She, her spirit and her work, will change you”), David Malouf, Shane Koyczan, Mark Tredinnick, Sarah & Phil Kay, Rives and Anis Mojgani to name a few. A festival curator described Royalle as “an act you remember for years” and the Austin International Poetry Festival Chair stated Candy had “...changed the face of poetry in Austin, forever”. Few who see her can forget her intensity, her combustible blend of intellect, imagination and heart.

Candy Royalle has expanded across artistic boundaries engaging in mixed art forms and exploring those forms with various forms of writing. Most recent collaborations include feature film “SLAM” working with award winning director Partho Sen-Gupto to develop poetry for the characters in the film; music video “Killing Us Softly” with director Emilie Morgane B., which was selected for multiple festivals including Saatchi Cannes Lion, Le Femme Underground LA and Austin Music Video Festival and many others; visual arts exhibition “Cedars” weaving poetry into sculptures with artist Annee Miron for AirPlay Gallery; and a dance piece for the Keir Choreography Awards with well known choreographer Paea Leach where they explored the relationship between words, movement and space to critical acclaim; Candy’s latest album “Birthing the Sky Birthing the Sea” was a collaboration with the band The Freed Radicals where their musical explorations blurred the lines of rock and roll, funk, experimental soundscapes and hip hop supporting Candy’s own vocal experimentations of fusing poetry with song.

Her solo work has included two published collections “Love Spectacular” and “Heartbeats” which received excellent reviews with one reviewer stating: “there are some exquisite lines in this book...I am impressed by the scope of Royalle’s artistic vision.” Her solo tours have taken her across Australia and world.

Her 2015 international tour “The Butch Priestess Tour” took in 20 cities across the UK and parts of Canada and the US with the Wales Arts Review stating Royalle delivered an “energetic, assured and startling performance. Royalle engaged and enthralled… This is the best live performance…I’ve heard in years”. Other tours have included feature performances, talks and readings at The Sydney Writers Festival, The Stella Awards, The Austin International Poetry Festival, The Latitudes Festival in Toronto and The National Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Seven Sisters Festival Victoria to name a very small few.

Accolades include selection for the 2017 City of Sydney Annual Residency Program, being awarded the “Big Picture Award 2015” for her award winning piece “Memories” at the “Outside the Frame” film festival in San Francisco, the 2014 Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for poetry, a highly commended award for the Queensland Poetry Film Makers Challenge in 2013, winner of the World Performance Poetry Cup as well as the AIPF Excellence in Poetry Award in both 2012 and 2013. She has won numerous competitions and has been nominated and highly commended for a number of awards.

Her poetry and opinion pieces have been published and featured both in publications and online including 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.

Royalle’s work has been covered in all major media outlets including the ABC, Fairfax, News Limited, CNN, Sky, BBC and a host of local and street press.

Candy also delivers key note speeches and talks most recently for the Stella Prize, Amnesty International’s youth conference and others.

She creates and facilitates workshops and masterclasses for both young people and adults, exploring the relationship between vulnerability and creation, what the ethical obligations of artists might be and how activism can be achieved through art. Information on these workshops can be provided upon request.

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