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[LineBreak] Mark Doty: Desire

March 31, 2016

We’re starting the New Year on a high. This month, The Line Break listens in on the wonderful Mark Doty, poet and author of Deep Lane, recently nominated for the T S Eliot Prize. And back with two more poetry sparks, Ryan has you writing transcendentally about the mundane, and exploring the things you shouldn’t say.

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

Produced by Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser

Ryan is at Simmer, a night of poetry and flavour

March 3, 2016

Later this month I’ll be hosting a really cool event, Simmer, a night of great food and awesome poets at Edinburgh Food Studio. On Thursday 31 March, 7.30pm I’ll be hosting a show with poets Tessa Berring, Peter Mackay, MacGillivray and Vicki Feaver, pairing poets and food for your delectation. Hope to see you there.

Join us at Edinburgh Food Studio for a unique collaboration between food & poetry. 

On this very special night, we 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.

Hosted by Connecticut born, Edinburgh resident Ryan Van Winkle, ‘Simmer’ pairs four poets with dishes carefully selected & prepared to illuminate and echo their work. Readings will be from Tessa Berring a poet and visual artist, Peter Mackay who writes evocatively in English and Gaelic, MacGillivray a performance artist, and Vicki Feaver shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and winner of the Forward prize for best single poem.

Poets

Tessa Berring is an Edinburgh based artist. Exhibitions include ‘Making an Appearance’, Patriothall Gallery, and ‘Mutated Stars’ at Whitespace Gallery, with Paulina Sandberg. Her work emerges from an exploration of the appearance/phenomenology of objects and often includes a written or performed poetic element. A number of her poems are published in both print and on­line journals including Magma, and the Berlin based, Leopardskin and Limes. A recent review describes Tessa Berring’s work as ”simultaneously humorous and unsettling. It subverts with credible untruths, unties what it seems to sew up, attracts and disgusts.”

Read Tessa’s poem ‘Whale

*Vicki Feaver is the author of three poetry collections: Close Relatives (Secker, 1981); The Handless Maiden (Cape, 1994), winner of the Heinemann Award and shortlisted for the Whitebread Prize; and The Book of Blood (Cape, 2006), shortlisted for the 2006 Costa Poetry Award and the Forward Prize. Her poem ‘Judith’ won the Forward Prize for the best single poem. In 1993 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and in 1999 a Cholmondeley Award. She is a Professor Emerita at Chichester University where she previously taught creative writing. She now lives in Dunsyre in South Lanarkshire and Leith in Edinburgh.

Hear Vicki read ‘The Gun’ and her award­winning ‘Judith’ on the Poetry Archive.

*MacGillivray has walked in a straight line with a dead wolf on her shoulders through the back streets of Vegas into the Nevada desert, eaten broken chandelier glass in a derelict East German shopping mall, headbanged in gold medieval stocks in Birmingham allotments, burnt on a sunbed wearing conquistador armour in Edinburgh’s underground city, breast­fed a Highland swan in Oxford and regurgitated red roses in Greenland. She remains clan chief.

See MacGillivray perform here and find more of her work online here.

*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. Hear him read selections of his work in Gaelic and English on Lyrikline.

The price for this one-off colourful collaboration of dinner and poetry is £35. To book email book@edinburghfoodstudio.co or call 0131 258 0758.

Ryan has Coffee and Poems with Shakespeare and Co.

March 2, 2016

So delighted to be in Paris reading poems, talking books and drinking coffee with the wonderful folks at Shakespeare and Co. It’s on Tuesday 15 March at 10am, there’s limited space, it’s going to be an amazing way to start your morning. Hope to see you there.


Join us for a morning of coffee and poetry with Ryan Van Winkle who will be reading from his recent collection The Good Dark, winner of the Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year 2015.

If you’d like to pre-order a signed and personalized copy, please click here. If you would like this book dedicated to someone, please write the name in the comment box, which is available during the checkout.

The Good Dark is the place we go to remember. The Good Dark is the place we go to take account. In his atmospheric second collection, Ryan Van Winkle charts what is found when love is lost. A lyric voice that is both familiar and strangely different leads us through the shifting forests of memory and towards a grim acknowledgement of the need to get up, to be careful, to move. The Good Dark includes poems from Van Winkle’s acclaimed one-on-one poetry performance Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel (Edinburgh Fringe 2012) and cements his reputation as one of the most evocative poets writing today.

Less formal than our evening readings, coffee mornings are a chance for readers to chat with authors about their books and their craft. The café will be open as usual, with coffee and breakfast on sale throughout. We recommend you arrive early to try and get a seat as there is limited space.

‘To A Burns Night’ Published in Scotia Extremis

March 1, 2016

Really pleased to have my poem ‘To a Burns Night‘ published on the year-long poetry project Scotia Extremis, edited by Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone. It’s published in week one, with the themes Burns Night and Up-Helly-Aa alongside Roseanne Watt, and you can read it here.

Highlight Arts at Lahore Literary Festival

February 17, 2016

We’re very excited to have three unique events at the festival featuring 16 artists from the UK and Pakistan in conversation and collaboration in Lahore. They will share newly translated poems and musical outpourings which aims to reflect the role that art plays in creating bridges between cultures.

The three events will feature: Afshan Sajjad, Jim Carruth, Dr. Khalid Javaid Jan, Katherine Sowerby, Kishwar Naheed, Gerry Cambridge, Ali Akbar Natiq and Vicki Husband reading new translations plus music from Sara Kazmi & Sarah Hayes who will play together for the first time. Storytellers Mujahid Esha and Ian Stephen will speak of legends and fables from Pakistan and Scotland with visuals and illustrations from Mehreen Fatima and Kate Leiper.

Visit our artist page to read various biographies and info about the performers and collaborators.

Exact dates and details of all the exciting events have LLF have been published by the Lahore Literature Festival.

City to City: Poetry from Glasgow to Lahore

Ali Akbar

Ali Akbar Natiq

6.15pm, 20 February — Avari Hotel, Tollington

Leading lights of Glasgow’s poetry scene along with contemporaries from Lahore will be reunited on stage for a unique evening of readings to celebrate the launch of a new anthology of Urdu & English poetry.  The poets will share translated poems & collaborations which reflect their friendships as well as the role that art plays in creating bridges between cultures.

Featuring: Afshan Sajjad, Jim Carruth, Dr. Khalid Javaid Jan, Katherine Sowerby, Kishwar Naheed, Gerry Cambridge,Ali Akbar Natiq, Vicki Husband

 

In partnership with The British Council and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The first leg of the project began in Lahore back in November 2014. Last year City to City  visited both London & Glasgow in the UK.

Music Cities: Songs from Glasgow and Lahore

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Sarah Hayes

6.15pm, 20 February — Avari Hotel, Tollington

Join Lahore’s Sara Kazmi & Glasgow’s Sarah Hayes for an audial adventure as they explore traditional and contemporary sounds through song & stories. In this very special collaboration these musicians blend ragas with celtic folk tunes, loops, electronic effects and Punjabi poetry.

Featuring: Sara Kazmi and Sarah Hayes

In partnership with The British Council and the Edinburgh International Book Festival

 

 

 

 

Story Swap: Stories and Illustration from Scotland & Pakistan

Ian Stephen

Ian Stephen

6.15pm, 21 February — Avari Hotel, Tollington

Storytellers Ian Stephen and Mujahid Eshai share legends, lies, & fabled delights from the Scottish islands to the Pakistani mountains in a gripping evening of newly learned & freshly translated tale-telling. Close your eyes and let your imagination drift or keep them open to enjoy stunning new visuals from Mehreen Fatima andKate Leiper.

Featuring: Mujahid Esha, Mehreen Fatima, Kate Leiper and Ian Stephen

In partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Scottish Government Edinburgh Festival Expo Fund and the British Council

Ryan Chairs Sudeep Sen at the Lahore Literary Festival

February 16, 2016

This Sunday 21 February I’ll be chairing a conversation with poet Sudeep Sen at the Lahore Literary Festival, where we’ll be discussing “Midnight’s Grandchildren: South Asia’s English Poetry, Post-Independence”. It’s going to be a great talk, and I hope to see you there.

Where: Lahore Literary Festival — Avari Hotel, Tollington

When: Sunday 21 February, 6.15am-7.15pm.

Commiserate — February 2016 — Dave Coates

February 11, 2016

Snapchats of Rain – February 2016

Dave Coates & Ryan Van Winkle

queenDave says: The last time I worked with Ryan on a poem was just after I’d had my application to take a PhD at Edinburgh University accepted – this is one of the only poems I’ve written since then. In between all the thesis-writing, review-writing and, y’know, wage labour, the only poems I’ve been able to write are these little haiku-y things. I like how little space they take, how they feel like they could just go on unimpeded forever like wee flowers with deep roots, that they do a bit of shaking off of the old poet-ego thing. Ryan knows how to give those wee herbs a heartbeat. Cheers pal.x

Snapchats of Rain

in the daily puzzle
we hustle our edges
we build a story

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this chest, this mind was yanked out
not exactly wanting to go

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you live a hundred deaths a day, she says – grass,
birds, your mother –
you only get one of your own –

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so much life is departure
even standing still, ghosts arrive

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like teeth, she says, take care
of what god gave you

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fire in the water and
the water was warm
as a stubborn calf in june

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bring me my timeline of quiet
bring me snapchats of rain
dear friend, whither now our filters?

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i take a picture, i make a fire
with my own two hands
wood finding use, again

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accidents of feet and knees
this door, this path, this rain, this wind.

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all this business about yesterday
when there’s still fuel in the tank

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don’t be afraid, he said.
He said, here’s how to stay
permanently surprised.

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And here’s how to shiver
here’s how to get cold

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seagull feathers at the church door
a little heap of antlers

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there’s a little space left
between two well-loved
books. a many-hearted shelf

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there’s a little piece
waiting to be placed

Dave Coates is a poetry critic and PhD candidate. He writes poetry crit at DavePoems and on Louis MacNeice and contemporary Northern Irish poetry at the University of Edinburgh. In 2015 he won the Best Reviewer award from Sabotage Reviews.

Ryan on the Scottish Poetry Library Podcast

January 17, 2016

Our former podcaster Ryan Van Winkle returns to talk about his award-winning second collection The Good Dark (Penned in the Margins). A collection that has its origins in heartbreak, Ryan talks about his struggle to rise above an adolescent tone. He explains why despite his extensive travels abroad, his poetry never touches on his destinations. And why Snoopy is an unexpected literary influence.

Ryan with Billy Liar & Pals for Refugee Survival Trust

January 15, 2016

I’ll be co-hosting this amazing, all-night EP launch and Refugee Survival Trust benefit show, featuring so many fantastic people. All proceeds go to the RST, and you’ll have a blast. Hope to see you there.

FEATURING LIVE SETS FROM:

BILLY LIAR & PAPER RIFLES

HONEYBLOOD (SOLO)

THE MURDERBURGERS (SOLO)

SUPERMOON (EX-MEURSAULT)

LOVERS TURN TO MONSTERS

TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR

RICHY NEILL

DOG ON A SWING

FAITH ELLIOT

TURTLE LAMONE

WITH YOUR HOSTS; RYAN VAN WINKLE (THE GOLDEN HOUR) & RACHEL MCCRUM (RALLY & BROAD) AND DJ SETS FROM CYAN BLACK & JIMMY BASTARD

ALSO, SHORT TALKS FROM A MEMBER OF THE REFUGEE SURVIVAL TRUST AND A REFUGEE WHO HAS BEEN THROUGH THE PROGRAMME

100% of the money raised from the EP release and benefit will go directly to the Refugee Survival Trust, Edinburgh (www.rst.org.uk).

The RST was set up in 1996 as a reaction to the problem of refugees and asylum claimants being made destitute in Scotland. Grants made by the RST either alleviate poverty and destitution, or help refugees and asylum claimants to overcome obstacles in accessing educational and employment opportunities.

Their work is as vital today as it has ever been.

DOORS: 6PM
COST: £5 MINIMUM
EP: £3 MINIMUM
(All proceeds go to the RST)

THANKS!

Ryan at Rally & Broad: The Hangover Special

January 13, 2016

Very excited to be part of this unique edition of Rally & Broad, doing some very cool space-specific music, words and art. Hope to see you there!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 7 – 10pm at The Bongo Club. Tickets available in advance (and cheaper!) here or £6 on the door.

[this is an unusual show, with two spaces being used simultaneously, so we’re asking everyone to arrive on time. Tickets in advance may be advisable!]

And lo, January was upon us, and so were the mighty mighty hangovers of a helluva year. Think we’re getting out of our PJ’s anytime soon? Think on…

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January brings with it two more of our ever popular Hangover Specials, where we celebrate all things fizzy, grotty and comfy. Just in time to set you up for the New Year. In Edinburgh, however, as we’ve been striving to do all year, we’re shaking it up like a raccoon in a whiskey barrel…

We’ll be curating two ssimultaneous spaces in the Bongo Club on the 22nd January, Rally’s room and Broad’s room, with very special acts in each and the audience swapping halfway through the night. The story goes that Rally & Broad have managed to lose their shoes, their memories and each other over the course of the night, and are trying to piece it all together…

Come help us do it! Along with some uplifting beats, beautiful dance and soothing, witty words to cure all ills from the likes of…

…BE CHARLOTTE!

BeC

Multi-instrumentalist and astonishing vocalist whose live performances are applauded across the Scottish music scene and beyond. She blew oor little minds with her talent – and multi coloured light up trainers – in Glasgow last year, and we’re so excited to see what she’ll bring to Edinburgh this month.

http://charlotte-music.co.uk/

 

…RYAN VAN WINKLE!

Ryan Van Winkle

Edinburgh-based poet Ryan Van Winkle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Award-winning poet whose most recent collection The Good Dark (Penned in the Margins) was awarded the Saltire Society Award for Poetry in 2015. Hurrah! So very much deserved for a man who has worked tirelessly to develop poetry in Scotland and across the world, with the Scottish Poetry Library, culturelaser podcast, his award winning solo shows including Viewmaster (with Dan Gorman) and red like our room used to feel, and of course, the glorious and chaotic triumph that was The Golden Hour. We salute you.

http://ryanvanwinkle.com/
…COLIN MCGUIRE!

ColinMcGuire

Poet and performer whose recent work explores bed, sleep, mortality and legacy and (in oor humble) is one of the most exciting, unabashedly individual, curious and idiosyncratic voices in the Scottish spoken word scene. He’ll be in his jammies too, by the way. Just sayin.’*

http://a-glaswegian.blogspot.co.uk/

…RUTH MILLS!

RuthMills
One of Scotland’s leading dancers, choreographers and movement directors whose provocative, intelligent work has seen her work with other artists in many disciplines; we’re delighted to have Ruth back with a specially devised piece for the show.

http://ruthmillsdance.blogspot.co.uk/
…ROSEANNE REID!

RoseanneReid

Up and coming folk musician and songwriter who was recently nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, making her Rally & Broad debut. Huzzah!

https://www.facebook.com/Roseanne-Reid
* we would love it if you wanted to come along in your nightwear too. Makes us feel right at home. 

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