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Lyrical Death Match…Feb. 27

February 21, 2011

I’m super pleased to be reading at this fine event as part of ‘Let’s Get Lyrical‘ a celebration of music and lyrics. I’ll be sharing a stage with the amazing performers below and event doing a little poem / song thing with Burnt Island’s Rodge Glass! It will be awesome.

A Lyrical Death Match: Cargo vs Chemikal

Title: A Lyrical Death Match: Cargo vs Chemikal
Location: The Caves, Edinburgh

Description: Two of Scotland’s hottest cultural nests – Cargo publishing and music label Chemikal Underground – come head to head armed with prose, poetry and song. Authors Alan Bissett, Rodge Glass and Doug Johnstone, poet Ryan Van Winkle and emerging talent Kirstin Innes get up on stage to face former-The Delgados and revered singer songwriter Emma Pollock, and the multi-talented Lord Cutglass and his band. Stand-up comedian AL Kennedy referees the evening. Expect great music, and great writing at a great venue. Sponsored by City of Edinburgh Libraries.

Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2011-02-27

Price: £13 / £9

Booking: Tickets available on door.

Email: events@cityofliterature.com

There are scores of great events and opportunity for YOU to contribute your story about Lyrics. To find out more visit the ‘Let’s Get Lyrical‘ website!

Videos

February 20, 2011

Videos

Sometimes I get recorded and put on the internets. So, for those of you interested in hearing me either a) talk about myself or b) reading my poems please see below.

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Tomorrow, We Will Live Here

Book Preview

by Ericka Duffy

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Ericka Duffy put together this little pre-book launch video for my collection ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here.’ It is filmed at the lovely Sip N’ Snip hair saloon and Massage Corner during a massive party at Forest. It was awkward. I drank my way through it.

Ryan Van Winkle at Sip N’ Snip Video

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Interview at Phoenix Arts Club, November 2010

by Lee Smith

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Lee, my editor at Salt Publishing, interviewed me before the the launch of my first book. It was lovely to have my friends around and special thanks to Mikey Krumins for the tequila!

Ryan Van Winkle Book Launch

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Highlights of Salt Launch, November 2010, London

by Lee Smith

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My book launched along-side the other Crashaw Prize winners: Andrew Pidoux, Nick Potamitis, Susannah Rickards, Jonty Tiplady, and Anna Woodford. We all performed to a packed room of appreciative guests. It was such a relaxed and inviting event, and the perfect way to launch these stunning debut collections.You can learn more about the other wondrous wizards as well as find information about the Crashaw Prize on Salt’s website.

Ryan Van Winkle and Crashaw Prize Winners 2010

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http://www.saltpublishing.com/assets/covers/648/9781844717897.jpgSee the Poems, Read the Poems on ‘How Pedestrian

‘How Pedestrian’ is a vibrant and unique poetic resource featuring random people in random places reading poems. I was flattered that Katherine Leyton chose to celebrate the release of my first ever collection of poems (Tomorrow, We Will Live Here) by featuring strangers reading my poems. For those of you who haven’t bought the book, you can read and hear samples of my work and, if you dig it, please consider buying a copy here.

For the sake of laziness the videos are all below but definitely check out the How Pedestrian site. It is a great way to introduce yourself to very high quality contemporary poetry. I cannot recommend it enough! Thanks Leyton!

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Here are my videos (links will get you to a page where you can read the poems as well).

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“Babel” can be found in Ryan Van Winkle‘s collection Tomorrow, We Will Live Here.

Ryan Van Winkle – Babel – NYC

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Columbia University. In the middle of the night. On a brutally cold evening in December. I love this video.

“Necessary Astronomy” can be found in Ryan Van Winkle‘s collection Tomorrow, We Will Live Here.

Ryan Van Winkle – Necessary Astronomy – NYC

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In New York and featuring poems from Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, the new collection from Conneticut-born poet Ryan Van Winkle. This reading was shot at International House in Manhatten. Do any of you recognize the music?

Ryan Van Winkle – The Day He Went to War – NYC

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I can’t seem to make the video work for below. But you can see me read if you follow the link…

Ryan Van Winkle – The Apartment – Istanbul

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In this video, Ryan reads “My 100-Hundred-Year-Old-Ghost” while on tour with The Golden Hour in London. A big thanks to Ericka Duffy for shooting the video.

Ryan Van Winkle – My 100-Year-Old Ghost – London

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Word Express with Literature Across Frontiers

I’ve been very lucky to travel, translate and perform with the good people of Word Express who promote international collaboration and understanding via literature. It is a great organization with a vibrant website filled with other excellent international writers. If you don’t believe me, check the site. Below, you’ll find some videos of me reading in Istanbul. I can’t seem to make Vimeo work on this site so you’ll have to click along to see the videos where you’ll also see the text of the poems.

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Darkness on the Edge of Toast

from Literature Across Frontiers

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The Apartment

from Literature Across Frontiers

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Stir the Soup With Uncle Beasley

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It was a special treat to be invited to play at  Fence Collective’s Home Game. I got to tell a dirty story about Christoper Walken and read a poem with a pretty awesome band.

Ryan Van Winkle with Uncle Beasley – ‘Stir the Soup’

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Cartoons with Dan Meth

Dan Meth and I made a ridiculous cartoon about a ram named George who runs a talent company which brings terrible comics to inappropriate places. These cartoons, are perhaps, the thing I’m most proud of creating in my life.

Episode One

In which George coins a new phrase and a Giant Paying Mantis kills at a nursing home.

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Dan Meth – Cavalcade of Laffs Episode 1

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Episode Two

In which George brings comedy to the skies.

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Dan Meth – Cavalcade of Laffs Episode 2

Withered Hand Podast

February 16, 2011

I Love Withered Hand

So, it was a pleasure and an honor to sit down and chat with him for the Let’s Get Lyrical festival. Withered Hand is Dan Wilson and you might be able to tell from the podcast that we’re friends, have travelled around Scotland and Europe together as part of The Forest’s Golden Hour. During that time Dan was working on his brilliant first album ‘Good News’ and I became pretty intimate with his songs. This is no surprise — many people feel like they can snuggle up inside Withered Hand’s melody and lyrics. They are by turns honest, sarcastic, poppy, whimsical, sexual, and uplifting. If you don’t own a copy of Good News, you should go buy it now and support Dan’s amazing work. There’s an old Tori Amos advert from when they were advertising ‘Little Earthquakes’ on TV. The tag-line was, ‘When Tori Amos sings, something inside you listens.’ It’s a pretty cheesy line but I think it is super appropriate line for Withered Hand. Listen now:

We speak with the amazing Dan Willson aka Withered Hand about song lyrics, poetry, songwriting and how his writing is informed by his own life. Including numerous tracks by one of music’s brightest new talents. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle of the Scottish Poetry Library. Produced by Colin Fraser for Lets Get Lyrical, http://www.letsgetlyrical.com and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature.

Review from Dave Poems

February 15, 2011

Review from the ‘Dave Poems’ Blog (I think he likes me…)

Dave Coates takes a pretty lengthy and critical look at The Book. Dave is super generous but also rightly calls me to task for a) writing a pantoum and b) at times allowing a ‘faux folksy’ tone to creep in. Anyway, as ‘the poet’ I felt it a well-written piece that, as perhaps a good review should do, taught me a little something about my own work.  Here’s a couple of quotes.

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First, one that could be pulled to sound ‘negative': ‘“My 100-Year-Old Ghost”, “Gasoline”, “They Will Go On”, “Oregon Trail” and “Bluegrass” have a degree of faux folksiness (fauxsiness) to them which is initially off-putting. Ryan’s appreciation for Bruce Springsteen is well-documented and his influence is occasionally tangible (‘Griswold  says // they ain’t gonna raise his pay’; ‘“Gonna storm,” [Martha] says.’ Oof).‘ …. read more

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And one quote which is wonderfully complementary and illustrates Dave’s astuteness as a reader and articulateness as a critic, ‘One of Ryan’s strengths is that (all aboard the jargon express) where his grammatical syntax is simple, his syntax of imagery is allusive, instinctive and complex. The first section is a delightfully f’d-up piece about pubescent sexual deviance that captures a simultaneous feeling of decay and blossoming, something wholesomely clandestine, ‘I was so happy, I took it all; her arms sweating / like horses. My father and sister never knew / but in that house noise always dried like palm.’ Placing this story beside the subsequent evidence of his father’s sexual waywardness puts both in a light that could not have been achieved otherwise.’ …. read more

Doug Johnstone Smokes Podcast

February 14, 2011

Doug Johnstone — Novelist, Journalist, Songwriteritunes pic

and totally great guy who sat down to talk music and literature with me. How does he do it all? Why Wilco? Does he want you to kill yourselves? The answers to those questions and more you didn’t even know you were asking! Listen below and visit the Let’s Get Lyrical site for more action.

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Ryan chats with writer, musician and former nuclear physicist Doug Johnstone about lyrics, writing, poetry and the art of being creative. Part of the Let’s Get Lyrical campaign, a celebration of words in music running all through February. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle of the Scottish Poetry Library. Produced by Colin Fraser for Lets Get Lyrical, http://www.letsgetlyrical.com and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature.

Hailey Beavis all in your ears!

February 12, 2011

Listen to Hailey Beavis talk songwriting and lyrics & hear her new track ‘Jennifer’

Our friend and musical darling Hailey Beavis talks songwriting and lyrics and shares her new track ‘Jennifer’ played with Wax (featuring Jed Milroy, Jenny Hill and Cammy Sinclair.) How lovely it is to have Hailey in your ears — all part of this the ‘Let’s Get Lyrical‘ events happening throughout Edinburgh and Glasgow. Talk about your own favourite lyrics or listen to other podcasts featuring Simon Frith (Mercury Prize Judge), Iain Rankin, Ziggy Campbell and more more more…

Christmas in February on the SPL Podcast

February 11, 2011

Never too Late for Paul Muldoon, Norman McBeath & Hailey Beavis

In a sign of just how back-logged I’ve been since the beginning of the new year, here’s a podcast from Christmas which I barely promoted at the time. However, I think it fits in with the ‘Let’s Get Lyrical‘ campaign running through Edinburgh and Glasgow this month. You can read about other people’s favourite lyrics and songs or add you own — here on the ‘Let’s Get Lyrical’ site.

See, this podcast has a timeless track from our friend Hailey Beavis (which, if you haven’t heard, you simply must) but also Paul Muldoon wrote songs with the legendary Warren Zevon.

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So first, an aside on Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon is just about my favourite songwriter and the only person I know of ever to use the word ‘Brucilosis’ in a lyric. This from a song Zevon wrote in response to Lynrd Skynrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

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Play It All Night Long

“Grandpa pissed his pants again / he don’t give a damn” is still what I consider to be rock’s greatest opening line. Anyway, Muldoon wrote a few great songs on Zevon’s penultimate album. Here’s one of the songs Muldoon wrote with Zevon. Of course you’ll note it sounds pretty Irish but it is also a sardonic, cynical and super macabre tale with semi-dated references to NASDAQ and dot.com companies.

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Macgillycuddy’s Reeks – Zevon & Muldoon

This is all on Zevon’s penultimite album — ‘My Ride’s Here’ — a pretty portentious title considering Zevon died of a rare form of lung-cancer in 2003. That year he released his final record — ‘The Wind’ — forgoing treatment in order to complete the record. After he died a tribute album was released which found Bruce Springteen coving Muldoon / Zevon’s song ‘My Ride’s Here’

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Springsteen — My Ride’s Here

I am always happy when Springsteen calls Zevon one of the “great, great American song-writers’. He had a fantastically noir tone and a fearlessness when it came to subject matter mixing the biblical with the pop, he could do sensitive geek and cowboy killer, he was a magician, he was a mutineer. Here’s a glimpse of his last performance on Letterman where, when asked if he knew something about life and death, Zevon replied, “Not unless I know how much you’re supposed to enjoy every sandwich.”

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Mutineer — Late Show With David Letterman

.There are so many great lines in this song from the opening ‘yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum’ to the absolute tenderness of the lyrics. I want to be a Mutineer!

Anyway…The Podcast!itunes pic

This was released around Christmas but the interview was done in summer and Hailey’s song is timeless and awesome so what difference does it  make that I’m posting it now? I think you’ll enjoy it no matter what you think about Warren Zevon. It features the effervescent and insanely talented Paul Muldoon as well as the brilliant photographer Norman McBeath both of whom are legends.  Better late than never, right?

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We start off with the marvellous Hailey Beavis and Jed Milroy with their track “Snow”. For mains we present Paul Muldoon and Norman McBeath talking about their poetry and photography project Plan B. And there might be a special something at the end…

Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine. Twitter: @byleaveswelive & @anonpoetry. Mail: splpodcast@gmail.com

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First published Tuesday 21 December, 2010

About Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon © Norman McBeath Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen’s University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University and Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. In 2007 he was appointed Poetry Editor of The New Yorker . Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary Fellow of Hertford College…

  • Read more about Paul Muldoon on our Poets A – Z page
  • Paul Muldoon’s website

    About Norman McBeath

    Norman McBeath is a photographer who specialises in portraits and reportage. The National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh hold fifty of his works in their permanent collections. Recent solo exhibitions include Oxford at Night at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford with an introduction by Jeanette Winterson; Evidence at Edinburgh Printmakers with an introduction by A. L. Kennedy and City Stories at the French Institute, Edinburgh with an introduction by Janice Galloway.  His work has been shown widely in the UK and overseas, including Beyond Beirut – an exhibition commissioned by the British Council which toured the Middle East and North Africa.  Plan B – a collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon, which exhibited here at the Scottish Poetry Library in summer 2010 – is his latest exhibition. He lives in Edinburgh.

    Norman McBeath’s website

Related links…

Poems on How Pedestrian

February 10, 2011

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See the Poems, Read the Poems on ‘How Pedestrian

‘How Pedestrian’ is a vibrant and unique poetic resource featuring random people in random places reading poems. I was flattered that Katherine Leyton chose to celebrate the release of my first ever collection of poems (Tomorrow, We Will Live Here) by featuring strangers reading my poems. For those of you who haven’t bought the book, you can read and hear samples of my work and, if you dig it, please consider buying a copy here.

For the sake of laziness the videos are all below but definitely check out the How Pedestrian site. It is a great way to introduce yourself to very high quality contemporary poetry. I cannot recommend it enough! Thanks Leyton!

Here are my videos (links will get you to a page where you can read the poems as well).

<httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sy5i2jt_2k&feature=player_embedded>

“Babel” can be found in Ryan Van Winkle‘s collection Tomorrow, We Will Live Here.

Ryan Van Winkle – Babel – NYC

<httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTARQjRDyiE&feature=player_embedded>

Columbia University. In the middle of the night. On a brutally cold evening in December. I love this video.

“Necessary Astronomy” can be found in Ryan Van Winkle‘s collection Tomorrow, We Will Live Here.

Ryan Van Winkle – Necessary Astronomy – NYC

<httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7GxYaYU2A4&feature=player_embedded>

In New York and featuring poems from Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, the new collection from Conneticut-born poet Ryan Van Winkle. This reading was shot at International House in Manhatten. Do any of you recognize the music?

Ryan Van Winkle – The Day He Went to War – NYC

I can’t seem to make the video work for below. But you can see me read if you follow the link…

Ryan Van Winkle – The Apartment – Istanbul

<httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hAXIKwk1Ok&feature=player_embedded>

In this video, Ryan reads “My 100-Hundred-Year-Old-Ghost” while on tour with The Golden Hour in London. A big thanks to Ericka Duffy for shooting the video.

Ryan Van Winkle – My 100-Year-Old Ghost – London

The Waterboys on Yeats

February 9, 2011

Mike Scott on An Appointment with Mr Yeats

It was super amazing to meet Mike Scott of The Waterboys and to discus ‘An Appointment With Mr Yeats’, his fabulous two hour show where he has transformed the poetry of WB Yeats into rock songs. He also denies the rumours that he’s working on adapting my work into rock songs. Dang. Enjoy the interview and check out more on over at ‘Let’s Get Lyrical’ featuring Janice Galloway and many more!

We Go Glasgow!

THE GOLDEN HOUR takes GLASGOW by storm!

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Margins Book and Music Festival

presented by Cargo and Forest Publishing
February 19th, 2011
Stereo, Glasgow
4pm – 6pm
£1

Readings From:
Ryan Van Winkle — Long stories and short poems from The Scottish Poetry Library’s Reader in Residence. His book ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here’ was recently published by Salt.

Nick Holdstock — The prose writer and journalist holds his strong meat. His fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Stand and Northwords Now. He has written about China for the London Review of Books and N+1 and his book on China (The Tree That Bleeds) will be published by Luath Press in early 2011.

Ericka Duffy — hot new prose from this photographer, film-maker, poet and general renaissance woman.

Music From:
Small Feet, Little Toes — a solo acoustic performance – strum strum, sing sing

Billy Liar — Acoustic + infectious lyrical punk fury.

Toby Mottershead — a rare solo set from the Black Diamond Express frontman. Old time rock n’ roll goes stomp box blues.


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