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Ryan goes on a Real Life Book Tour

May 24, 2015

Very excited to announce an IRL book tour to go with the virtual tour being made by poems across the internet. If you live in London, Cardiff, Glasgow or Edinburgh, I will soon be in your cities, reading some poems. Here’s the itinerary:

– London — Waterstones Piccadilly, 7pm, Monday 1 June

w/ Penned in the Margins poet Naomi Booth

– CardiffWaterloo Tea – Wyndham Arcade, 7pm, Tuesday 2 June

w/ Nia Davies & surprise special guests!!

GlasgowTell It Slant Bookshop, 7pm, Wednesday 3 June

w/ Matthew Siegel: (Matthew Siegel’s Blood Work is out from CB Editions. The deceptive directness of Matthew Siegel’s debut is remarkable’ – Mark Doty)

– EdinburghBlackwell’s Bookshop, 6.30pm, Thursday 4 June

w/ Matthew Siegel

– PLUS FREE AFTERPARTY at The Forest Café from 8pm, featuring Supermoon, Hailey Beavis & more!

Hope to see you there.

Highlight Arts Presents City to City: Poetry and Music in Translation

May 17, 2015

Glasgow & Lahore are reunited in poetry & music. Highlight Arts & the British Council have been working with poets and musicians from the UK and Pakistan and I’ll be hosting these unique collaborative events in Glasgow & London with a cohort of international talent.
Alchemy Glasgow — 6pm, Thursday 21 May, Featuring: Afshan Sajjad, Jim Carruth, Dr. Khalid Javaid Jan, Katherine Sowerby, Kishwar Naheed, Gerry Cambridge, Ali Akbar Natiq, Vicki Husband, Pakistan musician Sara Kazmi & musicians from Scotland playing together for the first time.
The Southbank Centre, London — 2.30pm, Saturday 23 May,Poets from India and Pakistan are united onstage with contemporaries from Wales and Scotland, recently returned from residencies in Mumbai, Kolkata and Lahore.

Afshan Sajjad and Dr. Khalid Javaid Jan from Pakistan appear alongside Jeet Thayil, Tishani Doshi, Ranjit Hoskote and Sampurna Chattarji from India. They are joined by Welsh poets Joe Dunthorne, Jonathan Edwards, Eurig Salisbury and Rhian Edwards, and Jim Carruth and Katherine Sowerby from Scotland.

Together, the poets present new translations and poems inspired by their recent trips, and reflect on the role that poetry can play in creating bridges between cultures.

Periscope with Ryan and The Good Dark tomorrow night

May 14, 2015

Tomorrow night, May 15 at 23:55, join me on Periscope (@rvwable) for a reading from The Good Dark, my second collection, published by Penned in the Margins. Hope to see you then.

The Good Dark – Virtual Book Tour

May 12, 2015

Delighted to announce that my second collection, The Good Dark, published by the good folks at Penned in the Margins, will be going on a virtual book tour through poetry magazines and blogs over the next several weeks. My sincere thanks to those who are giving it room and board.

Also, if you’re on Periscope, please join me on my feed (@rvwable) at 23:55, 15 May, when I will be reading from The Good Dark in the good dark.

Here’s where you can find poems and fine things:

Penned in the Margins — 16 May

Scottish Poetry Library — 19 May

Inpress Books — 20 May

The Poetry School — 21 May

3am Magazine — 25 May

Sabotage Reviews — 29 May

Shakespeare & Company — 1 June

Scottish Book Trust — 2 June

The Ofi Press — 4 June

Missing Slate — 7 June

B O D Y Literature — 10 June

Scottish Poetry Library Podcast: Ryan’s Last Cut

May 11, 2015

For seven years Colin Fraser and I have been making the Scottish Poetry Library podcast. In that time I’ve had the opportunity to interview over 100 poets, many of whom you’ll know. In this, our final episode, we look back at some of my favourite moments. In this very special episode, you’ll hear candid clips, bemused moments, revelations and advice from some of the world’s most talented and generous poets. My sincere thanks to everyone who has allowed me to talk with them over the years and we wish Jennifer Williams and Colin Waters the best in helming the SPL podcast from here.

Featuring: Robert Pinsky, Caroline Bird, Sarah Broom, Owen Sheers, Jed Milroy, Matthew Zapruder, Jane Hirshfield, Golan Haji, Sabreen Khadim, Krystelle Bamford, John Glenday, Mark Doty, Paula Meehan, Adam Zagajewski and Mary Ruefle.

And if you want to continue listening to the podcasts Colin & I make, you can find all sorts of conversations on our Culture Laser podcast including favourites like this conversation with the playwright Jo Clifford.

If you enjoyed our final episode or want to share your favourite memories from our SPL podcast you can tweet to us@culturelaser or just drop me a line. We’d love to hear what were your favourite poetry podcast conversations.

The Final Book Talk Podcast – Val McDermid, Kate Tough and Arne Dahl

May 9, 2015

Our final Book Talk podcast features a pair of heavyweights from the world of crime fiction and a debut author we should all be sure to keep an eye on.

First up: Ryan Van Winkle has a chat with bestselling author Val McDermid and her partner in crime (research), forensic anthropologist Sue Black. Val has recently returned to her roots as a journalist with her latest book, Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, a work of non-fiction. But although, in her own words, she usually ‘makes stuff up,’ she still does meticulous research, and for that, she turns to Sue. The pair met while guesting on a radio show years ago and have been friends and research partners ever since. Learn how the writer/expert relationship works, what Sue respects most about Val’s writing, and how they balance the dark aspects of their day jobs with normal life.

Ryan next introduces us to Kate Tough, whose debut novel, Head for the Edge, Keep Walking, deals with a woman’s ‘late quarter-life crisis.’ Kate talks about her inspiration, how she went from writing poetry and short stories to a novel and the invaluable assistance she received with it, and what you can expect from her at the upcoming Aye, Write! Festival in Glasgow.

Finally, Sasha de Buyl has a word with Nordic crime superstar Arne Dahl. Dahl discusses his latest book, To the Top of the Mountain, the third in the Intercrime series, and what he loves most about the crime fiction genre.

The Poetry Gate: North Edinburgh Arts

April 15, 2015

Photo: Natalie Taylor

Last month, Natalie Taylor, Artist-in-Residence at North Edinburgh Grows, asked me to help a group of amateur wood carvers create a bespoke poem for the revamped community garden behind the Muirhouse Library.

The idea was to carve words into the gate of one of the vegetable gardens. Natalie envisioned something along lines of what Iain Hamilton Finlay did at Little Sparta.

With that lofty goal in mind, a small, thoughtful group gamely bounced words and themes around and – together – created the small concrete poem you see in these photos. You can visit the newly re-designed community gardens next to North Edinburgh Arts and the Muirhouse Library.

Thanks to Natalie for involving me in this making and congratulations to all involved in creating this beautiful & poetic garden.

 

photo: Natalie Taylor

ViewMaster reviewed in Gutter Magazine

April 5, 2015

Very chuffed to have ViewMaster reviewed in February’s edition of Gutter magazine. The reviewer, named Black Sheep, found our work ‘meditative and haunting’ and wrote: ‘Together they produce emotive and sonic landscapes.’

”ViewMaster needs to be read as well as listened to…these poems come to life with Van Winkle’s rhythmic readings and Gorman’s ambient sound work. Emotive and sonic landscapes …. meditative and haunting’
— Gutter Magazine, Issue 12, February 2015

If that sounds up your boulevard, you can buy the ViewMaster album on our bandcamp page.

Ryan hosting Highlight Arctic

April 2, 2015

If you like great films about parts of the world that don’t tend to cross our radar, Highlight Arts has just the thing. On Tuesday 14 April in the Red Lecture Theatre in Summerhall I’ll be hosting Highlight Arctic an evening of films, slides, stories and discussion on the landscape, ecology and culture of the High North, at a time when the Arctic region is experiencing enormous and rapid transition.

I’ll be joined by award-winning author Gavin Francis, geographic-architects Lateral North and the Highlight Arctic team to uncover some of the unique peoples, events, research and artworks shaping and defining life in the Arctic today. Hope to see you there!

What: Highlight Arctic

When: Tuesday 14 April, 8-9.30pm.

Where: Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh

How Much: £8/£6, (£4 for #SciPals students)

Ryan supporting Franz Nicolay

March 7, 2015

On Tuesday 17 March I’ll be performing a collaborative piece with Neil Pennycook as part of Franz Nicolay’s European tour launch, in Edinburgh’s own Banshee Labyrinth. It’ll be an awesome party, we’ll be joining the amazing Hailey Beavis and Broken Stories, it’s seven bucks, I do hope to see you there.

Massive Nights Collective & Make-That-A-Take Records proudly present…

FRANZ NICOLAY (USA, EU 7″ LAUNCH TOUR)

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Franz Nicolay back to Edinburgh and to be celebrating the release of his brand new European Tour exclusive Double A-Side 7″ single through MTAT Records.

Franz, formerly of The Hold Steady, World/Inferno Friendship Society, and many more, brings his dark full-throated vaudevillian multi-instrumental beat-poetry inspired punk rock storytelling back to the road in support of his new full-length “To Us, The Beautiful”. Out now through Xtra Mile Recordings and Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club, the record is another Nicolay tour de force and features performances from members of punk luminaries Against Me!, Leftover Crack and The Slackers.

We are thrilled to be hosting Franz in Edinburgh and couldn’t be more excited to be releasing his brand new 7″ record to accompany his tour.

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