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Ryan Van Winkle http://ryanvanwinkle.com Edinburgh based maker of poems, podcasts, workshops and cultural lasers Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:43:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Ryan reading at Second Space http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-reading-at-second-space/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-reading-at-second-space/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:39:34 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5590 Really chuffed to be reading at Second Space with a whole host of great poets and performers. It’s on next Friday 7 August, 8-10pm at the Safari Lounge, 21 Cadzow Place, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh. Should be an awesome night, hope to see you there.


nick-e melville
rodney relax
jl williams
jess hopkins
will lorimer
craig gun
ryan van winkle
iain morrison
graeme smith
anne laure coxam
jane goldman
annie higgen
kate tough
katy hastie
ed smith
calum rodger
rob mckenzie
janette ayachi
tessa berring
mike saunders
emilia weber
tom betteridge

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Kwame Dawes: This Is Our Heart http://ryanvanwinkle.com/kwame-dawes-this-is-our-heart/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/kwame-dawes-this-is-our-heart/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:18:07 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5584 This month on The Line Break, Ryan re-visits an interview with poet and journalist Kwame Dawes and discusses the challenges of writing poetry about often painful world events, and how to find beauty, happiness and truth in the ‘cesspools of experience’ that follow. And Ryan sets out more of his ‘poetry sparks’, including how to write a blues poem.

Listeners to The Line Break can also join the The Line Break group on CAMPUS, the Poetry School’s free online community for poets.

This episode is produced by Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser with thanks to the Scottish Poetry Library for their support.

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Ryan goes on tour in Australia http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-goes-on-tour-in-australia/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-goes-on-tour-in-australia/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:16:35 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5582 Really excited to be heading back to Australia this August to perform at both the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Queensland Poetry Festival. I’ll be touring with the fantastic performance artist and poet MacGillivray (The Last Wolf of Scotland) and the poetic dynamo that is William Letford (Bevel) Here’s the itinerary:

MELBOURNE — one night only
Wed 26th August Brave New Voices @ MWF, The Toff in Town. 6.30-8.30pm
Spoken word  / poetry salon, featuring Ryan Van Winkle, MacGillivray, William Letford plus David Stavanger, Richard Grantham and CR Avery (Canada).
BRISBANE — for Queensland Poetry Festival
Thurs 27th August The New Braves @ Satellite QPF, Studio 188 Ipswich. 7-9pm
Spoken word  / poetry salon featuring Ryan Van Winkle, MacGillivray, William Letford, plus Cameron Logan (local poet).
Sat 29th August The New Braves @ QPF, Judith Wright Main Theatre. 5-6pm
Spoken word  / poetry performance session featuring Ryan Van Winkle, MacGillivray, William Letford.
Sun 30th August Short Form Book Club @ QPF, Judith Wright Shopfront. 12-1pm
Ryan Van Winkle will be a panelist as four poets discuss a poem or short fiction work.
Sun 30th August Pleasure & Pain @ QPF, Judith Wright Main Theatre. 1.30-2.30pm
Performance and reading session. MacGillivray plus special guests.
If you’re in either Melbourne or Brisbane at the end of August, it would be amazing to see you there.
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Ryan and Jonathan Edwards at the Edinburgh International Book Festival http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-and-jonathan-edwards-at-the-edinburgh-international-book-festival/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-and-jonathan-edwards-at-the-edinburgh-international-book-festival/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:52:45 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5578 Delighted to be performing alongside the 2014 Costa Prizewinner Jonathan Edwards at this year’s EIBF. We’ll be reading in the Bailie Gifford Corner Theatre on Friday 21 August at 8.45pm. Hope you can join us for good poems and good cheer, and some very politely broken rules.


Sophia Loren, Marty McFly and a bicycling nun are just three of the characters who populate Jonathan Edwards’ poems in My Family and Other Superheroes, a collection that won the Welsh poet the Costa Prize for Poetry in 2014. Ryan Van Winkle, the US-born, Edinburgh-based poet’s second collection The Good Dark includes some of the poems he performed in a much-admired one-on-one Fringe show in 2012.

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Ryan reads at Shoreline of Infinity Launch http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-reads-at-shoreline-of-infinity-launch/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-reads-at-shoreline-of-infinity-launch/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:54:55 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5572 scifi posterDelighted to announce I’ll be reading at the launch of a new science fiction magazine from Scotland, Shoreline of Infinity, edited by friend and poet Russell Jones. It will feature new fiction, art, articles and reviews, and will have both a digital and old timey paper edition. It’s on Thursday 2 July from 7.30pm, at Paradise Palms, 41 Lothian Street, near the Edinburgh University campus. Hope to see you there!

It’s a night of science fiction performances, with music from Painted Ocean, poetry from Claire Askew and Ryan Van Winkle, story reading from the magazine performed by Debbie Cannon, plus SF inspired artwork, cocktails, books, fun, frivolity and photon cannons.

Free entry. Costumes welcomed. Live long and preposterously.

2nd July 2015 at the wonderful Paradise Palms, Edinburgh, starts 7.30pm

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Ryan reads in Germany at the Fort Gorgast Festival http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-reads-in-germany-at-the-fort-gorgast-festival/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-reads-in-germany-at-the-fort-gorgast-festival/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:29:54 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5565 For all our fans in sunny Germany, the Fort Gorgast Festival is on this July, from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26, and I’ll be reading at 2pm on Friday 24. If you’re in town, if you like big fields, camping, sunshine, music and poems and general partytimes, do come along. It’ll be a blast.

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Viewmaster at the 46th Poetry International Rotterdam Festival http://ryanvanwinkle.com/viewmaster-at-the-46th-poetry-international-rotterdam-festival/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/viewmaster-at-the-46th-poetry-international-rotterdam-festival/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:42:26 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5567 Myself and Dan Gorman are taking Viewmaster on the road again, this time for the closing evening of the 46th Poetry International Rotterdam Festival. Get your fix of intimate, nostalgic, private-space poetry in one of the most beautiful poetry festivals on the planet.

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Ryan at the Rally & Broad Season Finale http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-at-the-rally-broad-season-finale/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/ryan-at-the-rally-broad-season-finale/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:18:00 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5562 Really delighted and honoured to be on one heck of a show for the final Rally & Broad of Season 3, next Friday 19 June. I’ll be joining the incredibly talented poets Ross Sutherland and Hannah Silva, the heartbreaking tunes of Dan Willson aka Withered Hand and Caro Bridges, and of course your congenial hosts Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum. It’s going to be one hell of a night, it’s as ever a bargaintastic £5, really hope to see all of you at the Bongo Club, Cowgate, Friday 19 June, doors at 7pm.

Ev’ry Time We Say GoodBye (Edinburgh)…End of Season Shows!

Friday 19th June, 7pm, The Bongo Club, Cowgate, Edinburgh. With Ross Sutherland, Hannah Silva, Dan Willson (Withered Hand), Ryan Van Winkle and Caro Bridges. Tickets £5, and available in advance here

…we die a little..

And thus it ends…for this Season at least. We’ve come to the end of our third year Rally-ing & Broad-ing about the place, and we’re aff for a nap in July*. But we couldn’t go without saying goodbye… and what a goodbye it will be. Celebrating all things au revoir, a bientot, toodlepip, farewell and see ye soon with us…

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Line Break Episode One: Philip Gross http://ryanvanwinkle.com/line-break-episode-one-philip-gross/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/line-break-episode-one-philip-gross/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:12:17 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5558 The Poetry School welcomes you to this new poetry podcast, our very first!

For our pilot outing of The Line Break, host Ryan Van Winkle re-visits his 2013 interview with TS Eliot-prize winner, Philip Gross, ranging across making up names for colours, comparing the similarities of poetry and making scones, and asking what happens in the thought vortex of ‘What if, what then?’

Listeners to The Line Break can also join the The Line Break group on CAMPUS, the Poetry School’s free online community for poets.

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“Prayer of the Heart” published in Communion #3 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/prayer-of-the-heart-published-in-communion-3/ http://ryanvanwinkle.com/prayer-of-the-heart-published-in-communion-3/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:44:13 +0000 http://ryanvanwinkle.com/?p=5553 My poem “Prayer of the Heart” has been included in Communion #3, a literary magazine from Walleah Press in Tasmania. It’s all free online, do check it out.

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