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Each thread is its own story
every woman woven
is first a lonely particle

~ Candy Royalle from 'Threading Battle Lines'

The lady and the unicorn medieval tapestries have long inspired writers, from George Sand to Rainer Maria Rilke. As part of the exhibition of these rare works, the Art Gallery of NSW and Red Room Poetry collaborated to create Poetic Threads. The project expanded the literary association with the tapestries by commissioning three new poetic responses from celebrated performers Mirrah, Candy Royalle and Scotty WingsPoetic Threads was performed as part of four 'sold out' shows during the Sydney Writers' Festival 2018. 


For four performances during Sydney Writers' Festival (4-6 May 2018 ) audiences were invited to peer through the poetic lens of medieval myth, magic and mystery of The lady and the unicorn. Poets Mirrah, Candy Royalle and Scotty Wings invited audiences into an intimate woven world of the tapestries—the first time they have been interpreted through the voices of Australian poets.

Partners and Supporters

Poetic threads is presented by Red Room Poetry, the Art Gallery of NSW and Sydney Writers’ Festival with support from Atelier, the next generation of benefactors at the Art Gallery of NSW.