Candy Royalle is an award winning performance artist and poet who fuses cinematic storytelling, poetry and unique vocal rhythms with confronting, political and heart thumping content. She tackles topics ranging from sexual obsession to social injustice, exploring the human condition and illuminating the darker areas of the human psyche for her audiences.
Royalle has expanded across artistic boundaries engaging in mixed art forms and exploring those forms with poetry. Previous collaborative works have seen her teaming up with photographers, film makers, visual artists and musicians. Royalle also bends genres by integrating sound effects using FX and loop pedals in her performances. A film series entitled TWELVE which brings together the work of film maker Patch Sinclair and composer Ashley Blackmore in response to Candy Royalleʼs poetry was recently completed. She has toured parts of the US and over the years has performed in the UK and parts of Europe. In Australia, Royalle is a festival veteran - from the Woodford Folk Festival to the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, the Sydney Writers Festival to the Adelaide Fringe Festival to name just a small few.
In addition to her performances, Royalle is increasingly being recognised by Australiaʼs literary establishment. She has appeared alongside renowned writers such as David Malouf at the Australian Poetry Festival and has performed and taken part in panel discussions at the iconic Sydneyʼs Writers Festival. She recently helped to launch the anthology Australian Love Poems alongside Mark Tredinnick at both the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the Sydney launch at Gleebooks. She also sits on the Advisory Council for Australian Poetry Limited.
Recent accolades include being awarded the 2014 Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for poetry, a highly commended award for the Queensland Poetry Filmakers Challenge, the “2012 World Performance Poetry Cup” as well as the “AIPF Excellence in Poetry Award” in both 2012 and 2013. Her work has been published and featured both in publications and online including Overland, Australian Love Poems, RNʼ s Poetica, AIPFʼ s Diversity anthology and many more. Royalleʼ s work has been covered in many major media outlets including the ABC, Fairfax, News Limited, CNN and a host of local and street press.
Candy Royalle also creates and facilitates workshops for adults and teenagers, exploring both written and performance skills.