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Ryan is at Three Simmer

September 21, 2016

At 8pm, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September, I’ll be hosting Three Simmer, another night of food and poetry at Edinburgh Food Studio. The chefs will be matching four poets and dishes in a unique collaboration.

We’ll be joined by Miriam Gamble, Andrew Greig, Alan Jamieson and Jane McKie, it is £42 for the meal and poems. Hope to see you there.

This unique collaboration series between food & poetry will use flavour, scent, and colour in response to some of Scotland’s most distinct voices. A delicious evening which will touch all of your senses.

Hosted by Salitre award winning poet  Ryan Van Winkle, ‘Simmer’ pairs four poets with dishes carefully selected & prepared to illuminate and echo their work. Readings will be from Andrew Greig, Jane McKie , Miriam Gamble, and Robert Alan Jamieson.

Ryan is in the Underground City

September 20, 2016

underground-cityNext Wednesday 28 September at 7pm I’ll be reading at Underground City, alongside JL Williams, Atzi Muramatsu, Janette Ayachi and Kaite Welsh. We’re on in The Old Town Bookshop, 8 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, it’s a night of poetry and music hosted by MacGillivray and AR Thompson, it’s by candlelight and booze will be served, all for £5. The loose theme is love-macabre, anatomisation of space, all things underground. Hope to see you there.

Ryan in the Poetry Spotlight

September 6, 2016

Poetry Spotlight has published an interview with me, alongside a new poem, “Putina”, about Lyudmila Putina, wife of the Russian premier. You can read both here.

The Golden Hour Returns

August 29, 2016

In which we make a fresh start. Featuring words, music, projections, snacks, boiler suits and dancing.
With: 2Man(l)yDJs, Jo Clifford, Ericka Duffy, ESBAT Collective, Far Yella, Vicki Feaver, James Iremonger, Lake Montgomery, Screen Bandita, Suited & Booted, JL Williams, Withered Hand.

Sentenced to Life: Clive James at Queensland Poetry Festival

August 26, 2016

At 3.30pm, Sunday 28 August a film of my interview with Clive James will be broadcast at the Queensland Poetry Festival, at the Judith Butler Centre of Contemporary Arts.

#QPF2016 #LOSTLANGUAGEFOUND presents a very special filmed sesssion with Clive James.

Clive James: an exclusive in-depth interview and moving reading of new (and some unreleased) work QPF filmed in his Cambridge home in March of this year. Clive discusses his life, his poetry, his view of Australian poetry past & present, plus his mortality and the Japanese maple that keeps living. The interview was conducted by award-winning Scottish poet Ryan Van Winkle.

This is the premiere screening, complimented by The Viola Cloning Project performing a few of Clive’s favourite Desert Island Disc tracks. Hosted by the Courier Mail’s Arts Editor Phil Brown, who will also read his favourite James poem.

Clive James was born in Sydney in 1939 and was educated at the University of Sydney and Pembroke College, Cambridge. A memoirist, poet, translator, critic, novelist, travel writer, lyricist and broadcaster, he has written more than thirty books, the two most recently published being Collected Poems and Gate of Lilacs: A Verse Commentary on Proust. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature. He holds honorary doctorates from Sydney University and the University of East Anglia. In 2012 he was appointed CBE and in 2013 an Officer of the Order of Australia. He lives in Cambridge.

Tickets only $15 – on sale now via tickets link.

Presented by Queensland Poetry Festival in association with McCullough Robertson

QPF also acknowledges the assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, as well as the financial support of Australia Council for the Arts and Brisbane City Council for this event.

The Good Dark reviewed at the Scottish Writers’ Centre

August 1, 2016

My second collection, The Good Dark, has been reviewed by Donald Marshall on the Scottish Writers’ Centre website. Here’s a couple of quotes from the review:

‘Reading Ryan Van Winkle’s collection The Good Dark (2015) I began to feel as though I had entered into a new world. The poems within are self-standing and distinctive, but together they create a harmonious vision of melancholia and reflectiveness that is so self-aware that the work presents an electric shock to the staid trends of lyric poetry’

‘This is a sorrowful but cathartic collection. The Good Dark is painted with subtle hues of emotion that lead you, unprotesting and mesmerised, into the world within.’

Ryan Teaches Online at the Blues Studio

July 25, 2016

Starting Monday 19 September, I’ll be teaching an online course with the Blues Studio, an intensive 3-week course riffing on sadness & grief and joy & happiness.

In this Studio course, we’ll be looking at The Blues — that repurposing of sadness & grief into joy and celebration. We’ll find inspiration from blues rhythms and verses, starting with the traditional blues form and then working through a series of exercises that explode the blues in interesting and innovative new ways, while still encompassing all those things that make the blues what it is: melancholy yet soulful, a way of reflecting on emotional pain with heightened heart and music. When poets have radially experimented with the sonnet beyond recognition – why not the blues? From the prison poems of Etheridge Knight, to the Stax-influenced work of Cornelius Eddy, to the surreal and celebratory work of Mary Ruefle we’ll look at how the blues has influenced poetry and will influence yours.

Poetry Studios are three-week long intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

For more information visit our Online Courses page.

Ryan interviews Clive James for Queensland Poetry Festival

July 18, 2016

My interview with Australian poet and critic Clive James will be screened at the Queensland Poetry Festival on Sunday 28 August, from 3.30-4.30pm, at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

#QPF2016 #LOSTLANGUAGEFOUND presents a very special filmed session with Clive James.

Clive James: an exclusive in-depth interview and moving reading of new (and some unreleased) work QPF filmed in his Cambridge home in March of this year. Clive discusses his life, his poetry, his view of Australian poetry past & present, plus his mortality and the Japanese maple that keeps living. The interview was conducted by award-winning Scottish poet Ryan Van Winkle.

This is the premiere screening, complimented by The Viola Cloning Project performing a few of Clive’s favourite Desert Island Disc tracks. Hosted by the Courier Mail’s Arts Editor Phil Brown, who will also read his favourite James poem.

Clive James was born in Sydney in 1939 and was educated at the University of Sydney and Pembroke College, Cambridge. A memoirist, poet, translator, critic, novelist, travel writer, lyricist and broadcaster, he has written more than thirty books, the two most recently published being Collected Poems and Gate of Lilacs: A Verse Commentary on Proust. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature. He holds honorary doctorates from Sydney University and the University of East Anglia. In 2012 he was appointed CBE and in 2013 an Officer of the Order of Australia. He lives in Cambridge.

Tickets only $15 – on sale now via tickets link.

Presented by Queensland Poetry Festival in association with McCullough Robertson

QPF also acknowledges the assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, as well as the financial support of Australia Council for the Arts and Brisbane City Council for this event.

 

Ryan at the Centre Pompidou

July 15, 2016

13567080_10153708113152423_4859387818606629893_nI’ll be reading at the Centre Pompidou from 6pm on Wednesday 20 July, in a collaboration with Shakespeare & Co. If you’re in Paris, it’d be great to see you.

**This event takes place in the Beat Generation exhibition space and is included in the price of the entry ticket.**

For the third collaboration between Shakespeare and Company and the Centre Pompidou we present one of the most exciting and incendiary young poets at work today, Ryan Van Winkle.

Ryan and the Red Room Return for the Forest Fringe

July 12, 2016

I’ll be giving one-to-one poetry readings in Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel at this year’s Forest Fringe. A new show starts every 20 minutes, eighteen shows every day, from Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 August. Hope to see you there.

Red, Like Our Room Used To Feel
Tue 16 – Sat 20 August, 12noon-3pm; 4pm-7pm, every 20 minutes.

An intimate one-to-one poetry performance from Ryan Van Winkle. An audio voyage featuring ambient melodies from Ragland. An installation with paintings, photographs and ephemera from a host of artists. A little space to listen. Joy, memory and loss condensed into 15 minutes.

A red room to lay down in with a free cup of port or tea and as many biscuits as you like.

‘Intimate and haunting’ (Lyn Gardner, Guardian)

‘Simple, yearning and effective’ (Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out)

Ryan Van Winkle – is a working poet. His second collection, “The Good Dark”, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016.
 
Ragland – is an island of musical adventures where musical adventurist Gareth Warner has found himself shipwrecked.

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