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Reel Iraq: Golden Hour at the EIBF

August 2, 2013

On Monday 19 August the Reel Iraq team of Scottish and Iraqi poets and artists are part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Unbound series. We’re showing off some of the best work from both countries, plus some of our collaborations and translations. It’s going to be a really special night, hope to see you there.

Reel Iraq: The Golden Hour

Monday 19 August, 9-11pm (FREE)

Revel in a special evening of contemporary Iraqi culture, to mark ten years since the invasion of Iraq, with poetry, theatre and music. Featuring acclaimed Iraqi poets Sabreen Kadhim (coming direct from Baghdad) and Ghareeb Iskander, accompanied by new translations from renowned Scotland-based poets Krystelle Bamford, John Glenday, Jen Hadfield and William Letford; compelling theatre from Dina Moussawi and Iraqi Choobi dance music. This event is supported in part by Creative Scotland and LIFT Festival.

What: Reel Iraq: The Golden Hour

Where: The Guardian Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

When: Monday 19 August, 9-11pm

How Much: FREE.

 

The Golden Hour Continues to Hit That Road

October 16, 2012

The Golden Hour has packed houses throughout the world — from the Edinburgh International Book Festival all the way to Melbourne with stops in Berlin, Paris, Beirut and Montreal. We’ve selected a zesty melange of talent  – those who will make you pause, ponder, dance and stomp. All specially infused – a feast for all your senses.

During the day we welcome you into our lovingly painted venue-on-wheels — join us for bespoke mini-gigs with renowned poets and songwriters, fragrance workshops, and secret surprises. By night, we go late and lively for an unforgettable cabaret style cavalcade of new writing, blistering, blissful music, and infused dance performances all in a beautiful space.

The first half of the tour is under the belt and into our hearts, but we still have a huge number of wonderful and talented artists yet to perform, and you can read all about em here. Every single show is FREE, and our quest proceeds thusly:

20 Oct – Leeds – van show only, 31 Commercial Street – noonish

- Anneliese Mackintosh, Robin Grey.

21 Oct – Brighton – van show only – noonish

- Deborah Pearson, SJ Fowler, Garance LouisRobin Grey.

22 Oct – Brighton – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar - 7-11pm

Deborah PearsonSJ FowlerGarance LouisRobin Grey.

23 Oct – Oxford – van show only – 51 Cornmarket Street – noonish

Deborah PearsonSJ FowlerGarance LouisRobin Grey.

25 Oct – Bristol – Cafe Kino - 7-11pm

Deborah PearsonSJ Fowler, The Half SistersRobin Grey, Expensive.

26 Oct – Cardiff – van show only – noonish

Deborah PearsonSJ FowlerThe Half SistersRobin Grey.

27 Oct – London – TBC

Deborah PearsonSJ FowlerThe Half SistersRobin Grey.

Golden Hour On The Road Again!

October 6, 2012

The Golden Hour has packed houses throughout the world — from the Edinburgh International Book Festival all the way to Melbourne with stops in Berlin, Paris, Beirut and Montreal. We’ve selected a zesty melange of talent  – those who will make you pause, ponder, dance and stomp. All specially infused – a feast for all your senses.

During the day we welcome you into our lovingly painted venue-on-wheels — join us for bespoke mini-gigs with renowned poets and songwriters, fragrance workshops, and secret surprises. By night, we go late and lively for an unforgettable cabaret style cavalcade of new writing, blistering, blissful music, and infused dance performances all in a beautiful space.

We’re going to be on our merry way for two weeks from 9-14 and 20-27 all across the island, we have a huge number of wonderful and talented artists joining us along the way, and all relevant info is available here. Every single show is FREE, and our quest proceeds thusly:

9 Oct – Glasgow – Mono - 7.30-11pm

- Emily Ballou, Kirsty Logan, Lake Montgomery, Jack of Diamonds of Black Diamond Express, Bobok.

10 Oct – Stirling – The Junk Rooms – 7-11pm

- Wayne Price, Kirsten Innes, Lake Montgomery, Andy Mckay, Miaoux Miaoux.

11 Oct – Edinburgh – InSpace – 7-11pm

- Wayne Price, Jenni Fagan, Tim Turnbull, Jack of Diamonds, Miaoux Miaoux, The Watch Thieves.

12 Oct – Newcastle – van show only, noonish, check site for details

- Degna Stone, William Letford, Billy Liar, Hailey Beavis.

13 Oct – Sheffield – Haggler’s Corner – 7pm-1am

- Anneliese Mackintosh, William Letford, Ryan Van Winkle, Billy Liar, Hailey Beavis, SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS :o

14 Oct – Manchester – King’s Arms – 7-11pm

Anneliese MackintoshWilliam LetfordRyan Van WinkleBilly LiarHailey Beavis, The Payroll Union.

Here’s a tasty teaser of what we’ve got in store:

See you there!

Stirling: The Golden Hour

July 13, 2012

The Golden Hour: Stirling, The Junk Rooms

When: Wednesday, July 18, 7pm

Where: The Junk Rooms, 17 Friars Street

 

Wha?:

Ladies and gentlemen, friends and lovers, kings and pawns — The Golden Hour returns to Scotland!

Join us for new words, blistering, blissful music and visual rubbish all in a beautiful space — The Junk Rooms, Stirling.

Featuring:

Words:

Ewan Morrison: Gets his malls out. Heartbreaking, provocative, true tales and tall prophecies from the Nostradamus of Glasgow.

http://ewanmorrison.com/

Chris Powici: Always points true north. The poetic compass nails us for the billionth time.

http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poets/chris-powici

Rachel McCrum: was almost a doctor. But now she just heals. You don’t need a paper to tell which way the wind blows.

Music:

Hailey Beavis: Like a lucky piece of gum found under your desk which still has lots of flavour. But that is not why we love her — we love her songs. If you haven’t — see her now because you deserve it. If you have — we know you are already here with us. Maybe she still uses a myspace:

http://www.myspace.com/haileybeavis

Billy Liar: Might just rock your face off. Or, he might cuddle the crap out of you. We can never tell — but please, for your own safety, don’t just sit there like bloodless Cambridge slugs. Clap, jeer, spit, whoop or cream but for god’s sake — feel something. Or don’t. We like him when he’s angry.

http://www.billyliarmusic.com/fr_home.cfm

 

Golden Hour Goes Toronto!

January 8, 2012

The Golden Hour: Toronto

SATURDAY JANUARY 14TH AT PLACEBO SPACE. 9pm.

THIS EVENT IS PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN.

Edinburgh’s Lit&Music Cabaret Comes to Toronto

Poets read. Musicians play. The audience is incited to revolution—or a stiff drink.



 

 

DAMIAN ROGERS: Electrifying. Damian’s poetry is rock’n’roll. Sample: “I say let’s keep wasting our lives and burn/our trash as we go.”

RYAN VAN WINKLE: Award-winning, Edinburgh-dwelling bearded poet. He’ll make you swoon. Sample: “We were fucking/our way up the tower and God saw us coming.”

MATTHEW J. TRAFFORD: Crafter of surreal short stories featuring Jesus clones & mermaids. Sample: “I was born library, where my parents read from opening until closing every day, where they met, where I assume they first coupled.”

TRAPLINESA: banjo. Some poems. Do we need to say more?Sample: “I got so fat they called a crane. Everyone was nice about it, but I was too fat to care.”

NEIL QUIN: The guitarist from Zeus will blow you away with his shiny solo act.

PHANTOM SHORES: Ottawa-based folk rockers with lush harmonies and blazing lyrics. Violin, sex & rock’n’roll.

CHLOE CHARLES: This hypnotizing songstress will leave you spellbound – just try to resist.

PLUS SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST.
THIS EVENT IS PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN.

AT PLACEBO SPACE. 1409 Bloor Street West, Apt A

 

Goodbye Golden Hour – 24 August – All Day!

August 19, 2011

Wednesday , 24 August — The Golden Hour

The Forest, FREE – 1pm – 3am

Here it is — the last ever Golden Hour at the Forest Cafe at 3 Bristo Place. After this marathon event, we’re going to all rest up and think about new ways to do what we love — mixing poetry, stories, cartoons, music, drunkeness and dancing. In the meantime — you’ll have this massive event to remember us by — featuring our true loves: Tom PowJonny Berliner, William Letford, Emily BallouRobin Grey,Anna CroweEricka DuffyKirstin InnesJohn GlendayThe Little Big BandAlan BissettThe Ghost of Joseph SealJed Milroy & Hailey Beavis, Paper CinemaJason MortonJane FlettToby MottersheadJen and the Gents and Dolphin Boy + much more including films by Roxana Pope and some special Reel Festivals gubbins. You will want to buy a hamburger.

The Golden Hour at the Book Festival

August 13, 2011

 

Thursday, 18 August — The Golden Hour at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square, 9-11pm, FREE

Live and Kicking in the Spiegeltent! With Kelly Link, William Letford, Joe DunthorneBilly Liar, Mikel Krumins and Earl Grey and the Loose Leaves!!!

We’re super pleased to have been invited back to the UNBOUND part of this year’s book festival. This is the second to last ever Golden Hour and we have special readers, amazing musicians and just two hours to party. Please come and support us in the beautiful Spiegeltent!


 

 

The Golden Hour is many things. Part reading, part gig, part party, part disaster. This free monthly event originating from Edinburgh’s Forest Café, has travelled the highlands, England and Europe playing to sold out crowds in sweaty venues from Berlin to Applecross. And now this literary cavalcade return to Unbound’s infamous Spiegeltent with a killer line-up of rakish words and eclectic music all in a beautiful space. Featuring Joe Dunthorne, Kelly Link and William Letford, there’s music from the acoustic punk Billy Liar, hip-hop from Mikel Krumins former front-man of the legendary Abdominal Showmen plus the show-stopping, barn-burning Earl Grey and the Loose Leaves. Rest up with an open mind at The Golden Hour.

Where to Find Ryan In August

July 31, 2011

August Event Roundup

This should be a pretty amazing August. Between parties at Forest and the general buzz of the Edinburgh International Book Festival I’ll be doing a few readings and performances as well as hosting two Golden Hours. There will probably be more but — in the meantime — here’s the dates for your diaries:

 

Sunday, 7 August — The Naughty Boys at Faceplant, The Forest, 6-9pm, FREE

The Naughty Boys make improvised electro po-noize.  Poems vs computers vs drums vs salvaged keyboards and whatever else we can find. You will come.

The Naughty Boys are:  * DanSeizure on keys and computer loop. * Stevie Paterson on keys and percussion noises. * Ryan Van WinkleSpoken Words.

Also appearing: Alison Smith, Colin Herd, Fiona Soe Paing, Mark Mace Smith, Nuala Watt, Rachel McCrum, ShellSuit Massacre & Sophie Mayer

Thursday, 18 August — The Golden Hour at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square, 9-11pm, FREE

Live and Kicking in the Spiegeltent! With Kelly Link, William Letford, Joe DunthormeBilly Liar, Mikel Krumins and Earl Grey and the Loose Leaves!!!



Saturday, 20 August — The Edinburgh International Book Festival with Rachael Boast & Will Eaves, Charlotte Square, 8.30-9.30pm, £7/5

Considering all the things they’ve done, it is perhaps surprising that these three talented poets are only now publishing their debut collections. Will Eaves is an established author and Arts Editor of The Times Literary Supplement; Ryan Van Winkle is host of the much-loved Edinburgh literary evening The Golden Hour; and Rachael Boast has a PhD in Creative Writing from St Andrews University. Join them to hear how their experiences translate into fresh, exuberant, thought-provoking new verse.

Sunday, 21 August — Edgelands — a conference from the borders of performance, 11am-7pm at The Forest Fringe, FREE

A ‘flash-conference’ on topics such as public perception of art, theatre, performance and the audience. I’ll be discussing ‘How can we stop making capitalism?’ with other interesting people. For more details, visit the Edgelands website. It should be interactive and exciting!  This day is not about railing against authority or the great institutions of the arts. It is a day for everybody to gather at the edges of those big institutions and organisations, on equal terms. To ask daring questions and suggest implausible answers. To share a spirit of generosity and a galvanising sense of hope; that despite or perhaps because of the political, financial and environmental circumstances in which we find ourselves, the arts can and will play a part in imagining and realising a better possible future.

Wednesday , 24 August — The Golden Hour , The Forest, FREE – 1pm – 3am

Here it is — the last ever Golden Hour at the Forest Cafe at 3 Bristo Place. After this marathon event, we’re going to all rest up and think about new ways to do what we love — mixing poetry, stories, cartoons, music, drunkeness and dancing. In the meantime — you’ll have this massive event to remember us by — featuring: Tom Pow, Jonny Berliner, William Letford, Emily Ballou, Robin Grey, Anna Crowe, Ericka Duffy, Kirstin Innes, John Glenday, The Little Big Band, Alan Bissett, The Ghost of Joseph Seal, Jed Milroy & Hailey Beavis, Paper Cinema, Jason Morton, Jane Flett, Toby Mottershead, Jen and the Gents and Dolphin Boy + much more including films by Roxana Pope and some special Reel Festivals gubbins. You will want to buy a hamburger.

Friday, 26 August — Words Per Minute at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square, 9-11pm, FREE

Join your hosts, Kirstin Innes, Kirsty Logan and Helen Sedgwick for an evening of special treats where all performers get ten minutes to impress the audience – no matter how famous they are. Expect the unexpected and some familiar faces at WPM at Unbound including, novelist, playwright and dazzling performer, Alan Bissett and American author Adam Levin and other American — me.

 

 

June Golden Hour – Full Frontal

June 15, 2011

The Golden Hour

22 June, 8pm, The Forest, Edinburgh

Free. BYOB.

Ladies and gentlemen — join us for the first in the final trilogy of monthly Golden Hour Events. We promise the usual melange of zesty new words, honourable music and visual rubbish all in a beautiful space. Bring yourself. Bring friends. Bring booze. This is a night we can not prepare you for.  Words from: Tracey Emerson (The Short-Story Doctor is In!), Richie McCaffrey (young poems with a familial lustre) & Gavin BowdWith Music From:  BenOfficial (electro art performance for which you are all woefully unprepared), Doug Johnstone (acoustic and solo and acoustic and alone), & Jade and the Jacks – Pure, relentless, funky fun. You will hot up.


 

 

The Golden Knock

May 24, 2011

The Golden Hour

Saturday 28 May – 4-7pm – The Longhouse

Knockengorroch, Carsphairn, Castle Douglas, DG7 3TJ

The Golden Hour rolls into the legendary Knock Longhouse, bringing you spoken words and acoustic music in a cozy, woody and warm space.

Featuring:

Emily Ballou — Prize-winning poet and ace in the hole.

Ewan Morrison — lets his malls out.

Ryan Van Winkle — Long stories, short poems.

Jason Morton — here comes the ‘Michigan High Five’

Ericka Duffy –  check the nose on this hot new prose.

Hailey Beavis – angel-voiced mama getting devilish on 6 strings.

Sophie Cooke — the novelist and poet brings the bright light!

+ special guests from the muddy madness.

See you in the fields!!!!

 

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