Sydney Writers’ Festival – Troubadours and Minstrels

Candy Royalle with troubadours.

Candy Royalle with troubadours.

Troubadours and Minstrels was an explorative spoken word poetry event held as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, hosted by slam poetry non-for profit Word Travels. After being split into four groups, guests were invited to explore a different side of the Rocks. The audience members were led through the historic area by troubadours to cracks and crevasses where minstrels appeared and performed. In the first week (18th, 19th May), it was the poetry of Cj ShawJade Oldfield, Catherina Behan and Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich) that dazzled the audience. The second week (26th May) featured performances by Anis Mojgani, CJ Bowerbird, Jo Sri and Eleanor Jackson. Both weeks were hosted by Candy Royalle.

It was a fantastic event that left audience members begging for more time with the very talented poets (it was hard to get them to move on). It was an honour to see such highly esteemed performers in such intimate spaces.


2012 Australian Poetry Slam runner up Jo Sri.


Me alongside Sally Coleman, Slam Poet and one half of Coda Conduct.


Candy Royalle warms up the audience.


Australian Poetry Slam 2012 winner CJ Bowerbird performing.


Two-time winner of the Midsumma Poetry Out Loud slam and recent National Poetry Slam finalist Eleanor Jackson performing.

Eleanor Jackson performing.

Eleanor Jackson performing.


National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam Anis Mojgani in the intimate space.


Anis Mojgani performing.

NOTES: I was only able to get pictures of the performances on the second week. Apologies for the Iphone quality of the photos.  


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