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Book Talk: Patrick Ness, Mikey Cuddihy and John Gordon Sinclair

October 21, 2014

00:00 – 00:45 Introduction
00:45 – 11:05 Patrick Ness
11:05 – 20:28 Mikey Cuddihy
20:28 – 32:50 John Gordon Sinclair

In this edition of Book Talk. Host Ryan Van Winkle talks to Patrick Ness, Mikey Cuddihy and John Gordon Sinclair about spite, happiness and motivations for writing.

Two-time winner of the Carnegie Award, Patrick Ness is the author of a number of books for adults and young adults including A Monster Calls, The Crane Wife and More Than This, the novel under discussion in the previous episode of Book Talk. In this interview, Ness offers his own insight into some of the topics we discussed and also talks more about his writing process including how he decides whether a book is aimed at adults or teenagers, how to get started as a writer even when people tell you you can’t do it: “Do it anyway… Spite is a really good place to write from. It’s a really good motivator.”

Mikey Cuddihy discusses her memoir A Conversation About Happiness. In the book, Cuddihy takes the reader back into her childhood, which was spent at Summerhill School, where children are allowed to live freely and lessons are optional. Cuddihy talks about how she was able to go back into the voice of her 9 year old self, and whether she was truly happy in an environment where the happiness of children was considered paramount.

Finally, Ryan talks to John Gordon Sinclair. Sinclair may be most famous as an actor – in particular for his role in Gregory’s Girl – but his second novel Blood Whispers has just been published. The book features Keira Lynch, a Glasgow lawyer representing a prostitute on the run from a Serbian gang leader. John discusses both his writing and acting careers and how they overlap and why he wanted to bring emotion into crime writing.

SPL Podcast: August Kleinzahler

October 20, 2014

We talk with the critically acclaimed American poet August Kleinzahler on this week’s episode. In a robust interview, he reads some poems from his latest collection The Hotel Oneira as well as discussing his views on poetry as an art form and the modern poetry world. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable and produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm of Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser

Free Poems for All

October 19, 2014

Good news for people who like their poems free and on the internet: I’ve updated the Poems section with a whole bunch of new work, including Epicene, The Duke in Pines and the very long Untitled (Snoopy).

Ryan performs with Ghazal Mosadeq at Camaradefest II

October 18, 2014

Very excited to be collaborating with the poet and novelist Ghazal Mosadeq at 7pm, Saturday October 25 in the Rich Mix Centre, part of the We Are Enemies project’s Camaradefest II. The show starts at noon, and runs throughout the day til the last group at 9pm. You can download some of her work at that link! Or come see us and a full 98 other performers at one of the most exciting poetry events going.

PLUS: I’ll also be reading at zimZalla on Monday 27, also part of We Are Enemies’ ever-growing umbrella of excellent work. Hope to see you there!

Ryan at zimZalla

October 12, 2014

Very excited to be reading at zimZalla during the London trip. If you’re around the Hardy Tree Gallery near Kings Cross at 7.30pm on Monday 27 October, you’ll know what to do. It’s in association with our friend SJ Fowler’s Enemies project.

October Monday 27th. 7.30pm: ZimZalla in performance, readings from the TRYIE Collective (Zuzana Husarova, Olga Pekova +), Tom Jenks, Pascal O’Loughlin, Kim Campanello, Ryan Van Winkle, Christodoulos Makris & more.

Culture Laser: I Wish I Was Lonely

October 9, 2014

Fringe First winners Chris Thorpe @piglungs and Hannah Jane Walker @hanwalker talk to Ryan Van Winkle about their moving exploration of the effect of 24/7 connectivity on our lives and gradual erosion of our ability to be alone. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable and produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm of Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser www.culturelaser.com. With thanks to Creative Scotland for their financial support.

Culture Laser: Laura Dannequin

October 8, 2014

We talk to Laura Dannequin about Hardy Animal, her exploration of pain and dance which she performed at this year’s Forest Fringe. Find out more about Laura on her website: www.lauradannequin.co.uk/ Presented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable and produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm of Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser www.culturelaser.com

Culture Laser LIVE! at the Dundee Literature Festival

October 7, 2014

Good news everyone! The Culture Laser podcast will be broadcasting LIVE from the Dundee Literary Festival on Friday 24 October, 8.30-10pm. We’ll have the winner of the Dundee International Book Prize (whoever that might end up being!), travel writer and editor Hannah Engelkamp, and music from the Jack of Diamonds. Tickets are free, hope to see you there!

Weekly podcast series, The Multi-Coloured Culture Laser, enters the festival fray for a night of performance, discussion, drinking, and hilarious October action. Host Ryan Van Winkle, poet and cultural behemoth from the United States of America via Auld Reekie, welcomes a selection of guests to take to the sofa with him for some beautiful bookish chat. A podcast experience for your ears and your hearts – done live and before your very eyes.

What: Culture Laser LIVE at the Dundee Literary Festival

Where: Bonar Hall, Dundee

When: Friday 24 October, 8.30-10pm

How Much: FREE but book your tickets!

Viewmaster at WROUGHT in Sheffield

October 6, 2014

Dan, a squeezebox, a child’s toy and myself will be heading to Sheffield this weekend (Sat-Sun 11-12 October) with Viewmaster for WROUGHT, an awesome 1-to-1 performance art festival. We’re running from 5-8pm Saturday evening and 2-5 Sunday afternoon, if you find yourself in Sheffield this weekend, do join us for some poems some music and a trip to your childhood.

WROUGHT: A One-to-One Performance Festival is a brand new performance festival exclusively focused on One-to-One performance in Sheffield. It takes place over a weekend between the 11-12 October in and around the Hide (Scotland Street, S3 7AA,https://goo.gl/maps/P0Lpc).

See our line-up of ARTISTS and PROGRAMME here: http://wrought-sheffield.com/artists/

For the TICKETS, follow this link: http://wrought-sheffield.eventbrite.com

FREE tickets for Saturday Evening Eventhttp://bit.ly/1E8ECga

FREE tickets for Sunday Post-Festival Panel Discussionhttp://bit.ly/YZiCUn

This 2-day festival features a variety of One-to-One performance pieces, a workshop led by artists, and a post-show discussion. We aim to bring artists, academics and audience together to create a vibrant platform for discussion.

Ryan is one in 100 at Camaradefest

Really excited to be one of the hundred poets producing and reading work at the second edition of Camaradefest, the mass-collaboration project organised by our friend SJ Fowler. It’s happening on Saturday 25 October at the Rich Mix Centre down London Town, kicking off at 12noon and running into the wee hours. Tickets are free, hope to see you there.

There is nothing quite like Camaradefest. 100 poets come together in 50 pairs to premiere brand new collaborative pieces of innovative poetry.

Beginning at 12 noon and ending late into the night, Camaradefest evidences the endlessly exciting potential of collaboration in poetry and the true depth, width and brilliance of 21st century poetics. Expect no two works the same, and following on from the great success of the first fest last year, an unforgettable way to experience contemporary poetry.

Get a taste, view the videos from the first fest here:http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/camaradefest-videos.html

What: Camaradefest II

When: Saturday 25 October, 12noon-late

Where: Rich Mix Arts Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London.

How Much: FREE

 

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