Tides Connect Everywhere in the Melbourne Planetarium

April 14, 2014

Really delighted that ‘Tides Connect Everywhere‘, the latest audiovisual collaborative piece between myself and Dan Gorman, will be hosted in the Melbourne Planetarium this month, as part of the exhibition Elemental.

Tides Connect Everywhere is a site specific audiovisual installation commissioned by the Melbourne Planetarium, Australia in January 2014 on occasion of the exhibition ELEMENTAL, science in the dark. The video will be screened in April 2014 in the dome of the planetarium.

Tides Connect Everywhere is to be considered the second chapter of a collaboration with poet Ryan van Winkle and experimental sound researcher- collector and activist Dan Gorman which started In early 2012 with the realization of the music video No Ideas but in things and released on Invisible Agent. Tides Connect Everywhere represents a reflection on the hypothetical presence of a single, all-encompassing, coherent theoretical framework of physics that fully explains and links together all physical aspects of the uni- verse. For this commission I worked with an arch structure of continuously growing geometrical elements taken from my euromeptiness archive of symbols. Very Important is the timing within the transition choices that are meant to be resemble human breathing, therefor not necessarily synched with the track changes.

Reel Festival 2014 in Erbil, Kurdistan

April 6, 2014

Really excited to be heading back to Erbil in Iraq for Erbil’s 3rd International Literature Festival. I’ll be doing some readings and workshops, alongside some fantastic Iraqi writers and some familiar faces to Scottish readers, including Kei Millar, Vicki Feaver, Julia Copus, Kapka Kassabova, Nia Davies and SJ Fowler. It’s running from 22-24 April, if you’re in Kurdistan, do drop by.

Now in its third year, the former Erbil International Literature Festival has been renamed NINITI – which is a Sumerian epithet for a goddess meaning ‘lady of life’ – to reflect this year’s focus on women writers. Held at the atmospheric Chwar Chra Hotel, a short walk from Erbil’s 6000 year old Citadel, an exciting line up of international and local writers will come together to give readings and discuss politics and literature. 

Writers participating include Kapka Kassabova, Julia Copus, Ghareeb Iskander, Choman Hardi and Rachel Holmes in an exciting programme of events celebrating women’s writing in the region and beyond. Writing Workshops will also be held during the main festival in partnership with Salahaddin University in Kurdish, Arabic and English for students interested in storytelling or poetry. 

Ryan is Captured on Film at Hidden Door Camarade

April 5, 2014

If you missed fantastic performances at this week’s Hidden Door Festival, here is video evidence of my involvement. The entire Camarade event is available on SJ Fowler’s YouTube channel. Check it out.

Ryan Chairs Superational

March 31, 2014

I’ll be chairing a really exciting event for Superational, an excellent forum for artists to organise cross-genre collaborations, promote and distribute their work. The event is part of the Hidden Door Festival, and will preview some of the work Superational will be doing.

What: Superational Preview

Where: The Vaults, Market Street, Edinburgh

When: 6-7pm, Thursday 3 April

How Much: FREE, book tickets here.

Ryan and JO Morgan at Decagram, Hidden Door

Just a quick reminder that myself and JO Morgan, last seen collaborating on ‘All Signs’, will be joining Hiva Oa, Lipsync for a Lullabye and a line-up of super talented musicians, writers and visual artists for Decagram, part of DAY 7 (aka Thursday 3 April) of the Hidden Door Festival. It all kicks off at 7pm, see you there!

DECAGRAM is a transcendental fusion of contemporary, classical, post-rock, tribal, noise, dub and hip hop that will eat your brains.

The bill of highly contrasting music artists will collaborate at the transitions between sets, creating a seamless three hours of music set against a spectacular visual feast of short film, animation, improvised visuals, motion graphics and projection mapping.

Programmed by Ed Stack of Ten Tracks


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Ryan goes Turbo with Valve Magazine

March 28, 2014

I’ll be reading with some fine folks who have had stuff published in Valve Journal, an excellent literary compendium. Come hang with us on Friday April 11 at The Poetry Club in Glasgow.

Your favourite literary journal (right?) is having a night of fun at The Poetry Club to celebrate all the good people we’ve come across since we began in 2011.

Rounding up some of our favourite writers published in Valve over the last three years, we’ll kick off with readings from some of Scotland’s most dazzling literary talent (and no, we’re not biased at all).

You’ll be treated to words in sentences from:

Moustache owner and mighty wordsmith RYAN VAN WINKLE

Paisley’s finest poet GRAHAM FULTON

MARY MCDONOUGH CLARK, surfer of emotions and ideas

Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award-winning LUCY RIBCHESTER, and

Ever-entertaining observer of geriatrics on public transport ANDREW BLAIR

After readings there will be some good old fashioned Valve fun then dancing ’til the wee hours with a DJ set.

Come and be merry with us.

Ryan Opens Some Hidden Doors

March 12, 2014

Very pleased to be doing a couple of mega-events at the big Hidden Door Fest in Edinburgh. I totally love the spirit and brilliance of this event and there’s a ton of brilliant stuff to dig into so make sure to get yourself along.
Here’s where I’ll be appearing:
* THE HIDDEN DOOR CAMARADE PROJECT, in which I team up with awesome poet and artist Sarah Kelly and eight other pairs of poets to premiere original collaborative poetry. Saturday 29 March, 9-11pm.
* DECAGRAM where I’ll be doing a poem with JO Morgan and some mind-bending music and visuals. The whole event is going to be in the key of Major. More details hereThursday 3 April, 7pm.

Ryan Doesn’t Think Twice at Rally and Broad

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/kind-of-writer/kind-of-performer based in Edinburgh. The person behind Electric Tales, a night of comedy storytelling based at The Stand, she also hosts lots of things which mainly involve swearing. You can be disappointed with how infrequently she writes blogs at: 

And Introducing
THE LOUD POETS – Young, new, exciting performance poetry group, rapidly gaining notice for their slickly delivered rapid-fire verse.

Hosted by award winning poets and promoters:
Jenny Lindsay
(The Big Word/ Is This Poetry?/BBC Slam Winner 2012) &
Rachel McCrum
(Callum Macdonald Award winner 2013/ BBC Slam Finalist 2012/ 2013)

“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…”
(Rachel’s Mum)
“I didn’t bring you up to speak like that. F**king hell, darling…”
(Jenny’s Mum)

Adrift with Screen Bandita Reviewed in The Skinny

March 4, 2014

Kind words in this edition of The Skinny in their review of Adrift @ Summerhall, the AV extravaganza featuring myself and Screen Bandita. Read all those words here.


Ryan bares his heart at the LateLab

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.

LateLab is a collaboration between the Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.