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Golden Hour Highland Tour – Starts Now!

March 25, 2010

The Golden Hour is on the road again. We’re all ferociously excited playing the highlands and islands, to be gigging in beautiful spaces with new and old friends and we do hope you or your friends will join us. It is going to be a mega-hot series of shows with the best poetry, prose and music we can muster. If you have friends nearby where we’re going, please tell them to visit us. Fans of The Golden Hour know we don’t disappoint! All the details are below. We hope to see you. xxl

The Golden Hour Highland TOUR!

Join us for a literary cabaret which has played to sold-out audiences in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is poetry and prose, original eclectic songs and visual amazement. It is physical and mental. It is a reading. It is a gig. It is a party.

Featuring:

Readers / Writers:
Ryan Van Winkle – poems & stories from the Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library.
Ericka Duffy – Southern (Ontario) Gothic fiction & Poetry
Jason Morton – Shouts from the barroom floor.
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Jane Flett – winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award and seamstress of many fetching stories

Music / Song Writers:
Billy Liar – starter of many a folk-punk riot
Hailey Beavis – an angelic voice, but devilish on six strings
Jed Milroy – bouncin’ bluegrass from the banjo balladeer
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Toby Mottershead – a rare solo set from the Black Diamond Express frontman. Old time rock n’ roll goes stomp box blues.


Special Guests:

@ Moniack Mhor:
Chiew-Siah Tei – new fiction.
John Glenday – The poet launches his crazy shining diamond – Grain.

@ Ullapool
Jon Miller – the poet, musician and Tom Waits fan graces us.

Tour Dates

* 25 March  
Glenurquhart High, Drumnadrochit

1.45 – 2.45pm
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Moniack Mhor – Teavarran, Kiltarlity, Beauly
7pm
Special guests: Chiew-Siah Tei & John Glenday

NB: John Glenday is one of my favourite poets and he produced the most stunning and quietly beautiful book of the past year. If you have not bought Grain – do buy it. It is the real deal and everything that poetry should be. You can hear my interview with him here:

Listen now…

* 26 March
Stornoway Library, 19 Cromwell St.
5.30 – 7pm

* 27 March
The Ceilidh Place 12-14 West Argyle Street, Ullapool
8pm
£5 entry (Free Stolen Stories Book for ALL!)
Special guest: Jon Miller – the poet, musician and Tom Waits fan graces us.

• 28 March
The Blue Angel – Findhorn – The Park, Universal Hall, Findhorn / Forres, Morayshire
7.30pm

* 29 March
Blue Lamp – Aberdeen – 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BU
7pm

Landscape & Revalations – Owen Sheers on the Podbox…

” Landscape poems are never merely about landscape; they are also nearly always about us…” – Owen Sheers


Poets Guide to Britain presenter Owen Sheers visited the Scottish Poetry Library recently to talk about his critically acclaimed TV series and its accompanying book. In the first of our two acts we feature an excerpt from the event where Owen discusses landscape poetry, verse on film and the problems of the poetic persona. In act two, Ryan manages to extract some unusual facts from Owen’s past.

Presented by Ryan van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser. Incidental music by Ewen Maclean. Follow us on Twitter: @anonpoetry & @byleaveswelive.

Email us: splpodcast@gmail.com

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The Epic Poetry CD You Didn’t Know You Missed

March 24, 2010

Ryan & Ragland – Red Like Our Room Used To Feel

Red Like Our Room Used To Feel” is many things. It is an intimate poetry performance from Ryan Van Winkle. It is an audial experience featuring new ambient noises from Ragland that will crawl up inside you. It is joy, memory and loss condensed into one musical soundscape. So, come, lay down, have a cup of tea, enjoy a snifter of port, close your eyes and be where you want to be…

Forest Records has released this album as a free download and as a tangible cd you can buy.

The CD is a sample of what it was like to visit my one-on-one poetry performance at the Hidden Door festival in Edinburgh on 30th and 31st January 2010.

We hope to do it again someday. In the meantime, if you want to see photos, my notes on the performance or fancy downloading my other cd (for free) visit the the new audio section of my website here.

Ragland made such amazing music such that I am not obliged to feel utterly embarrassed by my poems or my silly voice.

You can download and listen to the whole album by clicking on the album cover below. To prick up your ears please have a listen to opening track “The Flood”…

New Writers – New Podcast!

March 17, 2010

Aiko Harman & Dave Coates

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“You are only ever a poet when you are in the act of writing…”

Recent creative writing poetry graduates Aiko Harman and Dave Coates (who also moonlights as the SPL’s occasional receptionist) talk with the ever effervescent Ryan about poetry, the challenges of getting into the poetry scene and what it means to be “a Poet”. We’re also very happy to include the track “Two Inches Tall” from Sheila K Cameron featuring the voice of Scottish acting legend Tom Conti.

Presented by Ryan van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser. Incidental music by Ewen Maclean. Follow us on Twitter: @anonpoetry & @byleaveswelive.

Email us: splpodcast@gmail.com

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Or download as MP3.

Poem within Stone’s Throw

March 12, 2010

A new poem Challenger (1986) has been published in Stone’s Throw Magazine. It references the Challenger disaster which I remember watching and re-watching as a kid in Mrs. Ewar’s 4th grade Social Studies class. You can read it right here.

Dial FiP for Ryan

March 11, 2010

A while back I was asked to write a poem for The Syllabary project. To be honest, I’m still not sure how to explain this thing but, basically, there are hundreds of syllables. Each syllable has a word or multiple words which can be made out of it. Poets then write a poem using all the words for the syllable they were given. By way of example – I was given the syllable FiP which can only make one word – FLIP. So, I wrote a poem which contained the word “Flip”.

Now, if you are confused – check out Cleikit site and if you spin the wheel around you can find my poem – titled “Whiff of Winter”. My voice shall be on it shortly.

Also, Peter McCarey is looking to open the project up and may be willing to give YOU (yes you!) a syllable to work with and will publish it along side mine and others. See the site to contact him!

Our friend Aiko explained all of this already on her blog in a much clearer and more interesting fashion. (Also, I stole the above pic from her site. Sue me!) So go there if you want more details.

Stuart Kelly on the ol’ Pod-Box…

March 10, 2010

It was a pleasure to sit down with Stuart Kelly who has recently launched a fiery new literary blog. I can’t say enough good things about the man / site so have a look yourself and enjoy the podcast. Please – please subscribe. It’s free. Below is the spraff:

“If we don’t think innovatively, there won’t be much of a poetic culture in 50 years time…”

Ryan chats with editor and author Stuart Kelly about the poet John Berryman and they muse the current state of modern poetry, its future, the purpose of the critic and chew the literary cud. Presented by Ryan van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser. Incidental music by Ewen Maclean. Follow us on Twitter: @anonpoetry & @byleaveswelive. Mail us: splpodcast@gmail.com

Subscribe with ITunes

Or subscribe without iTunes (RSS)

Listen now…

Or Download the Mp3

Golden Hour – Highland Tour – See US!

March 8, 2010

The Golden Hour is going on the road again. We’re all ferociously excited to be heading to the highlands and islands, to be gigging in beautiful spaces with new and old friends and we do hope you or your friends will join us. It is going to be a mega-hot series of shows with the best poetry, prose and music we can muster. If you have friends nearby where we’re going, please tell them to visit us. Fans of The Golden Hour know we don’t disappoint! All the details are below. We hope to see you. xxl

The Golden Hour Highland TOUR!

Join us for a literary cabaret which has played to sold-out audiences in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is poetry and prose, original eclectic songs and visual amazement. It is physical and mental. It is a reading. It is a gig. It is a party.

Featuring:

Readers / Writers:
Ryan Van Winkle – poems & stories from the Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library.
Ericka Duffy – Southern (Ontario) Gothic fiction & Poetry
Jason Morton – Shouts from the barroom floor.
+
Jane Flett – winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award and seamstress of many fetching stories

Music / Song Writers:
Billy Liar – starter of many a folk-punk riot
Hailey Beavis – an angelic voice, but devilish on six strings
Jed Milroy – bouncin’ bluegrass from the banjo balladeer
+
Toby Mottershead – a rare solo set from the Black Diamond Express frontman. Old time rock n’ roll goes stomp box blues.


Special Guests:

@ Moniack Mhor:
Chiew-Siah Tei – new fiction.
John Glenday – The poet launches his crazy shining diamond – Grain.

@ Ullapool
Jon Miller – the poet, musician and Tom Waits fan graces us.

@ Aberdeen
Sarah J Stanley – big songs on a tiny uke

Tour Dates

* 25 March  
Glenurquhart High, Drumnadrochit

1.45 – 2.45pm
+
Moniack Mhor – Teavarran, Kiltarlity, Beauly
7pm
Special guests: Chiew-Siah Tei & John Glenday

NB: John Glenday is one of my favourite poets and he produced the most stunning and quietly beautiful book of the past year. If you have not bought Grain – do buy it. It is the real deal and everything that poetry should be. You can hear my interview with him here:

Listen now…

* 26 March
Stornoway Library, 19 Cromwell St.
5.30 – 7pm

* 27 March
The Ceilidh Place 12-14 West Argyle Street, Ullapool
8pm
£5 entry (Free Stolen Stories Book for ALL!)
Special guest: Jon Miller – the poet, musician and Tom Waits fan graces us.

• 28 March
The Blue Angel – Findhorn – The Park, Universal Hall, Findhorn / Forres, Morayshire
7.30pm

* 29 March
Blue Lamp – Aberdeen – 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BU
7pm
Special guest: Sarah J Stanley – big songs on a tiny uke.

Get Into the Gutter

March 5, 2010

Gutter Magazine is a compendium of new Scottish writing published out of Glasgow. It is a diverse, eclectic, sometimes edgy read. Not only that but it looks beautiful, has insightful reviews of contemporary literature and features one of my best poems. If you’ve heard me read in the last two years, you’ve probably heard me read “Babel”. It has a few F-bombs in it. But, at the heart, I assure you, it is deeply tender despite this vulgarity.

As you can imagine, an independent Scottish literary magazine needs support to survive and none of this content is available on-line. Please consider buying issue two or subscribing if you can afford it. (When is the recession?)Those of you who know about the magazine industry know that a magazine lives or dies after the third of fourth issue so a subscription now means a lot to a good and ambitious magazine like this. Further, aside from containing “Babel” it also includes works from the following excellent writers of quality: Rodge Glass, Ron Butlin, Anneliese Mackintosh, Colin Will, Jo Swingler, Gordon Legge, Alan Bissett, Kapka Kassabova and Sophie Cooke all of whom, I declare, are more than worth the price of admission. Rodge, Ron, Anneliesse, Jo, Alan and Kapka have all  graced us with readings at The Golden Hour for which I’m totally grateful. If you saw Rodge read, than this is your chance to get a copy of his debaucherous “Weekend of Freedom”. Ron delivers a tense slice of life on Newington Road while Anneliese goes all deadly and kind of surreal. Anyway, I hate writing about people’s writing — it is all interesting stuff so you’re best to have a read for yourself.

If you want to support new writing, and (more importantly) enjoy it — Gutter is the horse to bet on. You won’t be disappointed.

* And if you happen to be in Glasgow — check out the Gutter event at Aye Write!

It features our friends Ewan Morrison and music by Rodge Glass’s Burnt Island and loads of other talent too. Tickets £7/£6 available from www.ayewrite.com

* You can order your copy of Gutter 02 at www.guttermag.co.uk

* Ron Butlin & Jo Swingler appear in Forest Publication’s book of Stolen Stories. Still availible! Order online now!

* And here‘s a great interview with Mr. Alan Bissett. That’s free. So, buy the magazine.

* Enjoy this video of Anneliese reading from Art, Divided here in Edinburgh.

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Woof, Said Jack

March 4, 2010

I am pleased, honoured, proud, confused, shocked (and a whole host of other superlatives) to say I’ve been awarded Salt Publishing’s Crashaw Prize.

What this means is that by the end of 2010 you’ll have a full-length collection of Ryan Van Winkle poems available in the UK, US and Australia. Salt makes beautiful books and has a huge list of brilliant poets including local-favourites Rob A Mackenzie and Andrew Philip whose excellent books recently celebrated their one year anniversary. I am thrilled to join them and the other wonderful writers whom Salt publishes.

Salt works with over 400 authors and contributors and is now close to publishing its 1,000th ISBN.  Their books are stocked in over 1,000 bookshops around the world and are currently celebrating their 10th Anniversary.

I’m too dumbfounded to say much more about all this now.

I feel like a dog who has finally caught his own tail.

Woof, said Jack.

R xxl

ps: Thanks to everyone who has sent congratulations and words of kindness my way since the announcement. I totally appreciate that!

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