March 11, 2014
Totally psyched to be on the bill for the upcoming March edition of Rally & Broad: Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright. They’ve got a great lineup this month, including A New International, Kirsty Law, Sian Bevan and the Loud Poets. Friday 21st March at the Counting House, Edinburgh, £5, see you there.
We’re back with one of our most eclectic bills o the season! Feast yer eyes on this un, comrades! On words – Ryan Van Winkle and Sian Bevan! On tunes – Kirsty Law and A New International! PLUS! Those talented squirrels from The Loud Poets!
We’d be delighted for ye all to share our delight at getting such a wonderful bunch of folk to our House. Don’t think twice – get thee there! Cos you’re wonderful too. Blurbs below…
RYAN VAN WINKLE – We are delighted to welcome Ryan Van Winkle back to our House! His critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the Crashaw Prize. He is currently working on new theatre / poetry experiments with Dan Gorman and Screen Bandita as well as a second collection of poetry.
A NEW INTERNATIONAL – Lush, poetic, bittersweet romanticism; an evocative mixture of cinematic strings, circus lights, carnival and cabaret, music hall, gypsy, chanson, a little bit of folk, a little bit of flamenco, yet with pop at its beating heart – welcome to the world of Glasgow’s finest, A New International.
“Many moments of beauty” – The Independent
“Very original, top stuff” – Richard Hawley
“’Sumptuous European balladeering translated into an urban Scottish setting” – The List
KIRSTY LAW – ‘Beautiful and feisty… it’s a joy to hear a young singer and writer in Scots with such earthy and conversational character to her singing and songs… a young musician doing things her own way’ (Karine Polwart)
SIAN BEVAN – Siân is a kind-of-comedian/
THE LOUD POETS – Young, new, exciting performance poetry group, rapidly gaining notice for their slickly delivered rapid-fire verse.
“What you get from attending nights like this is a strong sense that something as simple as the human voice speaking beautiful words sincerely meant can cut through all the snares and distractions of our modern lives.” (Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday)
“You look a little like Grayson Perry, dear…”
“I didn’t bring you up to speak like that. F**king hell, darling…”
March 4, 2014
February 11, 2014
I’ll be reading/holding forth at the Edinburgh International Science Festival‘s At the Heart of Things this Thursday night at the Informatics Forum, also known as Inspace. We’ll be discussing the importance of the heart both as vital organ/blood-distributor and as the conceptual seat of the emotions. Guess which one I’ll be covering! It’ll be a great show, tickets are free and available for booking on the show’s Eventbrite. Hope to see you there!
Thursday 13th February 2014, 7 for 7.30pm.
Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB
Launched at the 2012 Edinburgh International Science Festival, LateLab is a creative, social and participatory space for adults where they can make, do and interact with art, science and technology.
Come to LateLab to take part in genuine experiments and get hands on with some fascinating stuff. With talks, performances, films, table top science and creative catering, no two LateLabs are ever the same.
January 27, 2014
Adrift (In the Archive)
Harnessing spoken word, found celluloid film, slides, vintage ephemera and gramophones, Van Winkle and Screen Bandita conjure forth a mesmerising and surreal piece that unfolds and unpacks suitcases of memory, place and experience.
Drawing inspiration from the stories springing from the resonant walls and dusty corners of times past, these archival inquisitors weave a new audio visual tapestry before your very eyes; unravelling stories and episodes suspended in time and illuminating those fragments of presence and memory lingering in and about the ether, left behind by the rich cast of characters who have passed through.
What: Adrift (In the Archive)
Where: Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
When: 7.30-8.15pm, Tuesday February 11
How Much: £5
January 7, 2014
December 27, 2013
December 7, 2013
This New Year season I’ll be taking Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel to sunny Australia for the Woodford Folk Festival! It will be warm, nay, HOT, it will be in a tent, it will be the festive season like you’ve never seen it.
We’re performing in Artisania from Friday 27 Dec – Wed 1 Jan, and on New Year’s Day 2014, enjoy a final feeding word frenzy with this post-NYE bain marie including the tender poetry wings of yours truly, the black pudding of punk-folk Billy Liar, and the sweet alphabet soup of Lady Rose. MC Ghostboy. It would be excellent if you came and joined us.
Enjoy a rare, intimate, one-on-one poetry reading with poet Ryan Van Winkle. Hide away in a cosy bed-sit, among trinkets, ephemera, artworks and an original score. Select your poems, lay back, make yourself at home, enjoy a snifter of port or a spot of Earl Grey, and drink in the specially created atmosphere.
December 5, 2013
I will be performing at Henry’s Cellar Bar Saturday 7 December with our good pals Hiva Oa at DECAGRAM, Ten Tracks Collective’s party night.
The DECAGRAM collective bring you a series of extended Saturday nights with short film and visuals, live music and club in one. Featuring DECAGRAM artists joined by very special guests …
GRNR :: NUMBERS ARE FUTILE :: HIVA OA :: RYAN VAN WINKLE :: ANIA URBANOWSKA :: SMALL FEET LITTLE TOES :: DAVID WHEATLEY :: EUAN MCKENZIE :: TRUDATSOUND :: KEVIN PICKERING :: DUNCAN COWLES
Tiered pricing ensures those most inquisitive for a bit of independent film and audio/visual collaboration (7pm) can stay right through the gig (9pm) to the club night (11pm) for only £3.
Whilst those arriving later for what they prefer about the night don’t pay an arm and a leg (gig £4; club £4/£6).
The headline band for the gig *is* the band for the club night, and plays at 11pm before the club price goes up to £6 (midnight) for the live electronic set and/or DJs.
When: Saturday 7 December, Short Films kick off at 7pm, Live music at 9, Club at midnight
Where: Henry’s Cellar Bar, 16 Morrison St, Edinburgh, EH3 8BJ
How Much: 7pm tickets £3, 9pm tickets £4, midnight tickets £6/4.
October 30, 2013
I’ll be in London this weekend working on a scratch theatre piece with Screen Bandita, cooking up some collage poems with your old photos and spools of super 8 film. It’s at the Battersea Arts Centre, Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm, and it’s totally free. See you there!
Screen Bandita and Ryan Van Winkle invite you to contribute to their participatory, community gathering: a welcoming space in which to share, speak and see.
Do you have any spools of Super 8 film or old slides gathering dust in the attic? Bring them along and we’ll project them for you! And if you have any old photographs you’d like to share, come and display them in our pop-up gallery! Soundtracking the afternoon will be a pair of antiquated Russian gramophones and a myriad of interesting records from our collection.
Poet Ryan Van Winkle would be pleased to see any old newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or to talk about memorable local events. We’ll also have copies of posters and clippings from the BAC archive and Ryan will be leading a workshop on ‘collage poems’ melding your own history with that of the area.
Suitable for young and old, this friendly, informal session is a chance to rediscover films from your collection, as well as an opportunity share memories, recollections and stories.
What: Bring Your Own Archive with Screen Bandita
Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TN
When: Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm
How Much: FREE