Candy Royalle of Sydney at the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup.
Candy Royalle of Sydney at the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup. Patrick Gorbunovs

Poets bring words to life

GIFTED performance poet Candy Royalle portrayed her family's traumatic war experiences and showed the power of the art form.

In the weekend's 10th annual Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup Ms Royalle, 31, explored religious persecution experienced by her Lebanese father and his journey to Australia as a refugee.

"(The poem) is about how war and religion and all these things push us into spaces that we might love but will never be our real homeland," she said.

"There's a lot of rhetoric about refugees and right- eous wars but I'm just trying to put a face to that and hopefully it makes people think about it more and creates more dialogue about it."

Ms Royalle, who regularly performs poetry in Australia and overseas said the Nimbin poetry competition attracted top-notch artists.

"Some of the best performance poets in the country are here," she said.

"It's not about winning the cup; I want to show my fellow poets that I'm of the same calibre."

Each of 46 poets was given eight minutes to entrance the audience with their tale.

"The closer they are to the eight minutes, the more points they get," competition co-ordinator Gail Clarke said.

"Then they're judged on how much the audience is engaged by them."

She said performance poetry was often much more powerful than written.

"When you're reading something it can be quite bland and flat, whereas watching the person who has written the piece do it can be quite amazing."

Prizes included $2000 and a cup for the overall winner, $500 for the people's choice award and $300 for the runner-up.

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