Dip. Mus. Ed., A. Mus. A. (Mus.)
Poet, Writer, Musician and Educator
THE POET AND WRITER: Candy Lawrence’s early poems won a number of prizes, including the Moratorium Poetry Prize awarded by Judith Wright, and many were published in Marcia Kirsten’s “Youth Writes” series. She was the winner of the Sydney Morning Herald “Great Sonnet Competition 2000″; her winning poem, “First to Go”, was described by judge Amy Witting as “strong, simple, enduring and disciplined- a love poem all the stronger for making no mention of love”, and flattering comparisons were made with Shakespearean subject matter. (Judge for yourself – ‘First to Go’ is available via the Writing link.)
Recently she has self-published a book of her work, which has sold well at recitals. (This book will also be available for sale via the Writing link- eventually!)
Candy’s amusing and informative articles have entertained many readers of Australian Alpaca Association journals and her local rag; her more sober letters to the Sydney Morning Herald have stirred up the odd hornet’s nest (she’s particularly proud of the knee-jerk reaction elicited from the Board of Studies re the new HSC English syllabus). She has also worked as a freelance reviewer of musical textbooks, has completed her first novel (teaser available via the Writing link) and is currently working on the sequel. Other career options have included simultaneously writing and presenting educational DVD scripts for Future School, marking Basic Skills Tests for ACER and ELLA, and attempting to persuade publishers that poetry would sell if poets removed their heads from their fundamental orifices and wrote for people instead of critics. She is currently the owner of ‘Time Out Coffee Shop’ in the Carbow Arcade in Gosford, NSW. (Drop in, the coffee rocks.)
THE MUSICIAN AND EDUCATOR: A career as a music teacher and composer, plus the demands of motherhood and a desire to be able to afford to eat, displaced her poetic aspirations for many years and she quelled the creative urge by writing music for her students to perform. Candy has been offered Associate Composer status by the Australian Music Centre; she has composed many beautiful choral settings of others’ poetry, as well as works for strings and two musicals based respectively on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Snow White”. For many years she was the Composer-in-Residence at Abbotsleigh (a highly academic private girls’ school in Sydney); her HSC Music students there frequently placed in the top ten of the state and her music was performed at a number of National Music Education conferences. She then moved on to Ravenswood (also an academic girls’ school in Sydney renowned for its yearly internal Music Festival); here her fine HSC results continued, and her Vocal Ensemble of adolescent girls won numerous Eisteddfod awards, some against adult competition. She continues to teach and mark HSC Composition, to coach HSC Music and to accompany young singers on the piano, where she enjoys utilising her remarkable capacity for spontaneous rearrangement of REALLY, REALLY BAD sheet music versions of pop songs (she also arranges by ear from audio tracks).
If you want personal help with writing words or music, or need some HSC or AMEB music coaching, or want an accompanist or some music written or transcribed or played for you, you’ll be able to email email@example.com to discuss terms.
Samples of Candy’s music will eventually be available via the Music link. You’ll be able to download the odd score or audio file, plus sample study notes for HSC Music.
OTHER SKILLS: If you wish, you’ll be able to email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask her about raising ostriches, alpacas and free-range turkeys, or about running a pizza restaurant or coffee shop (recipes available now), or about raising a gifted child- and be hopeful of getting a vaguely intelligent and experienced answer.