In a one-off Festival event, Candy Royalle hosts a dazzling line-up of internationally renowned poets who come together to read from their collections. Featuring rapper and poet Omar Musa (Millefiori), poet and social media favourite Lang Leav (Sea of Strangers), writer and actor Yrsa Daley-Ward (bone) and Fijian-Australian newcomer Shastra Deo (The Agonist). Don’t miss this line-up of some of the most exciting voices in poetry today as they bring their exhilarating work to life. Yrsa Daley-Ward supported by the British Council.

Omar Musa (Australian)

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Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and poet. He has won the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. His novel Here Come the Dogs was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and Miles Franklin Award. Musa was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015.

Shastra Deo (Australian)

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Shastra Deo was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland, which is focused on phantom limbs in the context of war literature. Her work has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin, Tincture Journal, and elsewhere. Her first book, The Agonist, won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize.

Lang Leav (International)

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Poet Lang Leav has won a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and a Churchill Fellowship. She has written five bestselling poetry collections, and the hit novel Sad Girls. Her work has featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Straits Times, The Guardian and The New York Times. She currently resides in New Zealand.

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 one of Australia's most prominent performing writers. She is a multi-award winning storyteller, activist, educator, singer and vulnerability advocate. As a multi-disciplinary artist, she collaborates with film makers, musicians, visual artists, dancers, photographers and others, to bring her work to life.