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Ryan and the Red Room Return for the Forest Fringe

July 12, 2016

I’ll be giving one-to-one poetry readings in Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel at this year’s Forest Fringe. A new show starts every 20 minutes, eighteen shows every day, from Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 August. Hope to see you there.

Red, Like Our Room Used To Feel
Tue 16 – Sat 20 August, 12noon-3pm; 4pm-7pm, every 20 minutes.

An intimate one-to-one poetry performance from Ryan Van Winkle. An audio voyage featuring ambient melodies from Ragland. An installation with paintings, photographs and ephemera from a host of artists. A little space to listen. Joy, memory and loss condensed into 15 minutes.

A red room to lay down in with a free cup of port or tea and as many biscuits as you like.

‘Intimate and haunting’ (Lyn Gardner, Guardian)

‘Simple, yearning and effective’ (Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out)

Ryan Van Winkle – is a working poet. His second collection, “The Good Dark”, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016.
 
Ragland – is an island of musical adventures where musical adventurist Gareth Warner has found himself shipwrecked.

Ryan Reads at the Bakehouse, Gatehouse of Fleet

July 3, 2016

Saturday July 30th: 7.30pm – 9.00pm: The Bakehouse |44 High Street | Gatehouse of Fleet | DG7 2HP

The ubiquitous RYAN VAN WINKLE has been there, done that and won almost everything!

He’s a feisty, widely published, young  American living in Edinburgh who is live artist, podcaster, critic, poet, festival organiser and workshop leader.  His second collection The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award, he has  organised and appeared in Festivals in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq, was awarded a coveted Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. He gets about! Not only, but also….More about R van W on  www.ryanvanwinkle.com

The Bakehouse hosts regular poetry readings featuring internationally acclaimed writers – Australia last month, America this –  but it also offers a regular intimate and friendly opportunity for folks to share their work in our popular OPEN MIKE SESSIONS. Aka The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate.  Last month we featured The Harpies ( Hilary Hawker and Ruth Sanderson harping on), Geoff Keating giving us a bit of sax, David Hannay squeezing his small pipes, with beautifully performed poems ranging from serious, political, topical and the downright comic. Come and show Ryan Van Winkle ( no relation) what we’re made of.

Tickets £5.00 – available from chrys@chryssalt.com or  01557 814175

From Lahore to Lewis & Harris: Trading Stories

July 2, 2016

As part of the Highlight Arts series this August, the team will be heading to Stornoway and Finsbay for two evenings poetry, music and storytelling, on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 respectively.

In a recent collaborative project organised by Highlight Arts, poets from Pakistan and Scotland came together to create new poetry, stories and music in Glasgow and Lahore. Building on this exchange, the Edinburgh International Book Festival invited illustrators and storytellers from both countries to the Lahore Literary Festival in February of this year. Their tour and creative exchange continues for these special events, in which storytellers Shazea Quraishi and Ian Stephen and illustrators Mehreen Fatima and Kate Leiper are joined by musicians Sara Kasmi and Sarah Hayes to present the results of this collaboration.

The first event will take place at An Lanntair on the 23rd of August with the  Mission House Studio in Harris hosting the second event on the 24th. For more details on the Mission House please click here.

These events are presented as part of Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Booked! programme, which takes the energy and excitement of the Book Festival on the road around Scotland, throughout the year. Booked! is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. This event is supported by the British Council.

Ryan Reads and Eats at Two Simmer

July 1, 2016

Two Simmer: Poetry and Flavour.

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After the overwhelming success of the March’s event, Simmer, a night of poetry and flavour, we are again joined by our host, Ryan Van Winkle, for a night where we pair four poets with dishes carefully selected & prepared to illuminate and echo their work.

This unique collaboration between food & poetry will use flavour, scent, and colour in response to some of Scotland’s most distinct voices. A delicious evening which will touch all of your senses.

Simmer pairs four poets with exquisite dishes carefully selected & prepared to illuminate their work. Readings will be from Krystelle Bamford, Alan Gillis whose work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, Colin Herda poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Glasgow University and the versatile weaver of styles Elspeth Murray.

Most recently, Krystelle Bamford’s poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review and The Kenyon Review. In 2010, she was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 Bridport Prize. Though raised in the US, she has been living in Edinburgh for the past nine years.

Alan Gillis is from Belfast and now lives in Scotland, where he teaches English at The University of Edinburgh. He has published four poetry collections with The Gallery Press: Scapegoat (2014), Here Comes the Night (2010), Hawks and Doves (2007) and Somebody, Somewhere (2004), which won the Strong Award for Best First Collection in Ireland. He has also been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot prize, and for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. In 2014 he was selected as a ‘Next Generation Poet’ by the Poetry Book Society in the UK. As a critic he is author of Irish Poetry of the 1930s (2005), and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (2012), both published by Oxford University Press, along with many essays on contemporary Irish and British poetry. From 2010-2015 he was editor of Edinburgh Review. A Selected Poems entitled Scapegoat and Other Poems will be published in the USA by Wake Forest Press in 2016.

Colin Herd is a poet and lecturer in creative writing at University of Glasgow. Books include too ok (Blazevox, 2011), Glovebox (KFS, 2013), Oberwildling (with SJ Fowler, ACF, 2015) and Press Back Up Help (forthcoming). He is a co-organiser of the new poetry festival Outside-In/Inside-Out which launches in Glasgow in October 2016.

With over 20 years of collaborative work in education, health, business and the performing arts, Elspeth Murray is a writer who enjoys the unpredictable. Her poetry residencies have taken place in shopping centres, distilleries, international conferences, hospices and schools. Her workplace residencies feature in a 2008 BBC Radio 4 documentary Blood, Sweat, Tears and Poetry. Elspeth’s poem Flip Flotsam inspired an award-winning documentary of the same name, while This Is Bad Enough has supported health literacy policy work in several countries. Commissioned work includes poems that have been set to music by Dee Isaacs for a staging of the Sufi classic Conference of The Birds at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in 2013 and a response to the refugee crisis Postcards From Our World in 2016. Her poem about her local Hungarian lollipop lady for the Edinburgh Unsung anthology features in The Scotsman on 2nd July 2016.

If you would like to join in this evening of thought, lyrics and flavours, please book early to avoid disappointment. If the previous iteration of Simmer is anything to go by, it will be a surefire success, and a joy for all. The dinner costs £35 per person, with an optional drinks pairing of £30 with drinks chosen to match the menu, and of course, the poems.

Mail book@edinburghfoodstudio.co or call 0131 258 0758 to secure your place!

Highlight Arts in The Skinny

Lahore 20.07.16-page-0The Skinny has published a preview of the upcoming Highlight Arts event, From Lewis to Lahore, at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Poets from Scotland and Pakistan will be presenting their collaborations and translations, including Shazea Quraishi, Jim Carruth, Sara Kazmi, Ian Stephen, Mujahid Eshai and myself.

The readings will be in the Unbound Spiegeltent at 9pm, Sunday 21 August, and tickets are free.

In a recent collaborative project organised by Highlight Arts, poets from Pakistan and Scotland came together to create new poetry, stories and music in Glasgow and Lahore. Building on this exchange, the Edinburgh International Book Festival invited illustrators and storytellers from both countries to the Lahore Literary Festival in February of this year. Their tour and creative exchange continues for these special events, in which storytellers Shazea Quraishi and Ian Stephen and illustrators Mehreen Fatima and Kate Leiper are joined by musicians Sara Kasmi and Sarah Hayes to present the results of this collaboration.

 

Commiserate June 2016 – Peter Mackay and JL Williams

June 29, 2016

In the run up to a visit to Canada to read in various events at Le 17e Festival de la poésie de Montréal, Peter Mackay, Ryan Van Winkle and JL Williams decided to write a collaborative poem that they could share at the festival. As it turned out, they didn’t have time to read the poem in Montreal so thought it would be nice to share it online… especially in light of recent political events. They hope it conveys some sense of the way language and poetry attempts to cross personal and linguistic barriers, challenge conventional meanings and encourage us to think about the world in new ways.

 

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O Scotland My Canada

A cold wind blows from the north, snow this sunshine day
and a wolf howling in the air above the castle.

And a wolf cloud can break your heart. So, why not
just go back to sleep? The castle closed her eyes

years ago & no longer worries about the bubonic plague,
the hairless breasts of Putin. All this waxing

and waning. Throw-away newspapers scuffle
along old-town, new-town streets, leaving their print.

Throw away fire & kindling, throw rock
so it skims & leaps past the drowsy swans

swooning in the odd heat. Me, I like to keep my feet
moving below the surface, cold as can be, blue

as the wolf’s eyes and her tender paws
padding the spine of a frozen river

so cold the skin of the eye freezes, the heart’s
beat slows, the ears open to chimes and iron

I miss confident church bells, the persistent rise of 8 AM
And Wolf misses the proud trees which have been felled

sent down river, to the bay and shaped into boats
old trunks in new forms at aimed a new world

somewhere nova, somewhere neuve, somewhere ùr

where I first sang O Canada my Canada,
O Scotland my Scotland, O world without borders

whose places are beginnings for everyone,
whose forests are homes for all wolves,

whose stones speak all languages quietly, quietly
beneath the running of water.

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bar_1JL Williams‘ books include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), the triptych collection Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Poets, 2015) and House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016).  She was selected for the 2015 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme, plays in the band Opul and is Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library. http://www.jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk

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Pàdraig MacAoidh (Peter Mackay) is originally from the Isle of Lewis, but now lives in Edinburgh. He writes in Scottish Gaelic and English and has written one full collection of poems,  Gu Leòr / Galore, published by Acair in 2105, and a pamphlet, From Another Island, published by Clutag Press in 2010. He is also a broadcaster and lecturer; he teaches at the University of St Andrews and is BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2015.

Ryan reads with Neu Reekie at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

June 24, 2016

reekieI’ll be among 12 writers from Neu Reekie’s new anthology, #UntitledTwo, reading at 7.30pm, Thursday 18 August, at the Garden Theatre at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Ryan reads Nothing But The Poem at Shakespeare & Co

June 22, 2016

I’ll be in the hallowed Shakespeare & Co for a Nothing But the Poem session at 7pm, Tuesday 19 July. What is Nothing But the Poem?

* We read a poem
* We discuss the poem
* Only the poem we’ve read.
* No Jargon
* No experience needed
* Nothing to fear
* Nothing but the poem.

Ryan talks Intimacy at the Scottish Writers Centre

I’ll be speaking at Intimacy: Reading, Writing, Hearing and Feeling Poems at the Scottish Writers Centre at 7pm, Tuesday 2 August. I will be talking about what poetry is to me, how I’ve come to understand what a good poem is, and how collaboration and creating theatre pieces has helped my writing.

Ryan joins Claire Askew and Theresa Muñoz on Twitter to talk about Poems That Changed Our Lives

June 21, 2016

I’ll be on Twitter (@rvwable) alongside Claire Askew (@onenightstanzas) and Theresa Muñoz (@munozpoems), tweeting about the poems we’ve found most meaningful and important, as part of #ScotLitFest. Join us online at 5pm, Sunday 26 June to be a part of the conversation.

We’re celebrating poetry during the weekend by paying it forward: what poems changed your life? Who would you recommend? Claire Askew,Ryan Van Winkle and Theresa Munoz will be talking us through some titles and poets that stand out to them. You can chip in your favourites too – not only will it be an hour of lively discussion on poetry, but a great starting point for those new to the genre to discover some greats.

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