On January 25, celebrated poet and performer Candy Royalle (pictured) will inspire young poets at a special Mardi Gras Papercuts workshop at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith. Royalle, renowned for her challenging, witty and fast-paced routines in Australia and abroad, will host a workshop on spoken word poetry.

Participants will learn the secrets of spoken word, write their own poem and even record a performance with Candy, while making friends in the gay and lesbian community.

“Mardi Gras is an opportunity to connect with other people on a level that might not be found elsewhere. You get to talk about, or engage in something you are highly passionate about with other people who share your enthusiasm,” said Royalle.

“The poetry community does that too.”

Royalle’s workshop is part of Papercuts, Australia’s only nation-wide poetry education program, which takes talented contemporary poets to schools, community groups and correctional centres around the country.

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