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You are a stitch, a petal
and a stem;
DNA, is a woven tapestry
of ancestors

~ Mirrah, commissioned poet

Ignite your senses with poetic performances that reimagine The lady and the unicorn tapestries.

The Poets

These rare medieval tapestries have long inspired writers, from George Sand to Rainer Maria Rilke. Poetic Threads continues this literary tradition with three newly commissioned poetic responses from celebrated performers Mirrah, Candy Royalle and Scotty Wings.



For three performances during Sydney Writers' Festival, audiences were invited to peer through the poetic lens of medieval myth, magic and mystery of The lady and the unicorn. Mirrah, Candy and Scotty invited audiences into an intimate woven world of the tapestries—the first time they have been interpreted through the voices of Australian poets.

More information



Eastside 89.7FM: An interview by Sylvia Rosenblum (Arts Wednesday) with Candy Royalle

ABC The Mix: The Lady and the Unicorn with Candy Royalle and Mirrah



Poetic threads is presented by Red Room Poetry, the Art Gallery of NSW and Sydney Writers’ Festival with support from Atelier, the next generation of benefactors at the Art Gallery of NSW.

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