Some events where you will find Ryan reading or performing in some manner. Please come.
18 May – Prague Book Fair – Friday 18/5/2013, 2.00 p.m.–3.50 p.m.
Palace of Industry, Prague Exhibition Grounds (Holešovice), Poetry Room – Right Wing (Balcony, Right).
Ryan van Winkle, an american who lives in Edinburgh, is well known for his innovative approach to performing poetry using multimedia, new technologies and theatrical arrangements. He transforms poetry into theatre using video clips, podcasts and other ways of communicating with the audience.
Interpreted: Czech, English
14 May – Literature Across Frontiers
Presented by Alexandra Büchler in Czech and English
Divus (South Wing), Bubenská 1, Praha 7
Literature Across Frontiers presents two poets from Britain known for taking innovative approaches to performing poetry using multimedia, new technology, and theatre settings. Zoë Skoulding’s performance features sound art and photographs by Alan Holmes, with recordings of her poetry in Czech translation. Ryan van Winkle, an American settled in Edinburgh, makes poetry into theatre and uses video clips, podcasts and other ways of communicating with audiences.
10 May — Notes from the Fort / Viewmaster, Forest Café, Edinburgh, 8pm – Michelle Elrick will be in The Forest Café with “Notes from the Fort”, a series of performance installations that create intimate places in unfamiliar environments through the play act of fort building.
23 April — Outskirts Festival, Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow – Glasgow’s Outskirts Festival is back for its second year in Platform, Easterhouse, and I have the privilege to join them! Outskirts celebrates art that crosses boundaries, blurs the lines between disciplines and salutes those artists who thrive on the edges, and got huge praise from all and sundry for their inaugural show last year.
20 April — Blackhall Library, Edinburgh, 6.30pm – On Tuesday 23 April (which is only WORLD BOOK NIGHT) I’ll have the great pleasure of chairing an evening with Scottish novelist, poet, writer, musician and all round good guy Andrew Greig at Edinburgh’s own Blackhall Library.
13 April – Ausform, Bristol
From the site: The Ausform Platforms happens in November and April in Bristol where we present 4-6 new pieces of work from artists we think are exciting. Ausform presents local, national, as well as, international work. We present work which has not been shown in Bristol before. We aim to work with a mixed bag of artists we believe in.
The festival runs over four days at the Cube and The Parlour Showrooms from 11-14 April, and includes performances and exhibits from six artists. You can buy tickets here for all six events for the awesome value of £13.50.
Where: The Parlour Showrooms, 31/31a College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TB.
When: 13 April, 1-6pm
How Much: £13.50 for all festival events.
6 April – Supper Club hosted by Stacy Makishi, Brighton
From the site: Maker of mayhem, agent provocateur and performance artist par excellence, Stacy Makishi hosts an evening of the sublime and the ridiculous. Featuring performance, film, music and installations, Supper Club is a fantastic social night of intriguing occurrences and unexpected encounters taking place throughout the venue’s various subterranean spaces. On offer this evening, the provocative spoken word of Sabrina Mahfouz, spellbinding poetry from Ryan Van Winkle, the beguiling Yve Blake and many more. Grab a tasty, home-made bite to eat and see what the night will hold.
Where: The Basement, 24 Kensington Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AJ
When: 6 April, 8pm-2am
How Much: £8/£6 Conc/Under-25s
30 March – Cornerhouse, Manchester, 5-9.30pm — This Saturday (30 March) I’ll be jaunting down the west coast to sunny Manchester to join SJ Fowler and his awesome collaboration project Enemies. From 5-9.30pm in the Annexe Room of the Cornerhouse, let us take you on a journey of original collaborations in poetry, sonic art and visual art, celebrating the resurgent energy of the northwest innovative poetry scene.
25 March – Raploch Community Campus, Stirling, 7-9pm — 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’re bringing our closing party for Reel Iraq to Stirling featuring renowned Iraqi and Scottish poets, short films, and music from Billy Liar, Hailey Beavis and others. You will pause, ponder, clap and sing along. Free Show.
24 March — The Poetry Club at SWG3, Glasgow, 6-9pm – Found in Translation – For & From Iraq – Iraqi poetry from Ghareeb Iskander, Sabreen Kadhim, Zahir Mousa, Awezan Nouri with new translations from John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, William Letford and Krystelle Bamford. Reel Festivals will also present short readings for Iraq by your favourite poets from around Scotland including JL Williams, Iyad Hayatleh, Ellen McAteer, Nuala Watt, Jim Carruth, Alan Riach, Sue Reid Sexton and a new Filmpoem from Alistair Cook. Free Show.
23 March — Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, 4-6pm – Found in Translation – For & From Iraq – Iraqi poetry from Ghareeb Iskander, Sabreen Kadhim, Zahir Mousa, Awezan Nouri with new translations from John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, William Letford and Krystelle Bamford. Reel Festivals will also present short readings for Iraq by poets from around Scotland including Vicki Feaver, Anna Crowe, Colin Herd, Nick-e Melville, Miriam Gamble, Peter Mackay, Michael Pederson and a new Filmpoem from Alastair Cook. Free Show.
22 March — Rich Mix, London, 7.30pm – Reel Words: Found in Translation – poems from and for Iraq, in collaboration with Maintenant – Iraqi poetry from Ghareeb Iskander, Sabreen Kadhim, Zahir Mousa, Awezan Nouri with new translations from John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, William Letford and Krystelle Bamford. Reel Festival will also present short readings for Iraq from UK based poets including George Szirtes, Joe Dunthorne, Kirsty Irving, Nick-e Melville and Patrick Coyle. Free Show.
21 March — The Bakehouse, Dumfries , 7.30pm – Found in Translation – For & From Iraq – Iraqi poetry from Ghareeb Iskander, Sabreen Khadhim, Zahir Mousa, Awezan Nouri with new translations from John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, William Letford and Krystelle Bamford. Reel Festival will also present short readings for Iraq by your favourite poets from around Scotland including Liz Niven, Tom Pow, Chrys Salt, Hugh McMillan, Elspeth Brown, Donald Adamson, John Hudson, Alan McClure and Angus Macmillan. Free Show.
21-24 March — Reel Iraq Festival – Iraqi writers Ghareeb Iskander, author of the 2009 collection Chariot of Illusion, Kurdish poet and women’s rights activist Awezan Nouri, Baghdad based poet and journalist Sabreen Khadhim and emerging poet Zahir Mousa and all will all be joining us on the return journey to the UK to participate in the Reel Iraq Festival from 21-24 March in Dumfries, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow! Wow, that was a long sentence! But please, do keep these dates free in your diaries.
9 February – We Are Enemies Project, Rich Mix Arts Centre: SJ Fowler’s Enemies comes kicking and screaming into 2013 with its first event at the Rich Mix Arts Centre in old London Town. It’s on February 9, it’s at 7pm, it has lots wonderful people, plus yours truly. It’s going to be a wonderfully magical evening of collaboration and exciting new ways of looking at this crazy poetry thing that we do.
8 February – Caesura 10, I’m reading at one of Edinburgh’s acest pubs, the Waverley, for the newest edition of the Caesura reading series. It happens on the second Friday of every month and is totally free. You’ll hear work from fine fellow Sandy Hutchison, and our friends Sean Cartwright and Lila Matsumoto. Should be a cracking night! Hope to see you there.
7 February – 14 March – Starting this February, I’ll be reprising my role as wisdom-dispenser/tutor extraordinaire with five weekly poetry classes in association with the Poetry School. The PS gives all the lovely, flattering details:
Read Like a Writer Returns
Day / Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm
Duration: 5 weeks
Start Date: 7 February
Price: £63, £54 (60+), £47 (concs)
Level: open to all.
18 January — Rally and Broad; At the Counting House I’ll be performing at Edinburgh’s finest cabaret of spoken word, song and lyrical delight, Rally & Broad! Super excited to be joining our friends and congenial hosts Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum, PLUS a host of talented writers, songers and performance arters.
12-15, 18-22 December – Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel goes on tour to the Battersea Arts Centre in London. The installation features music from Gareth Warner’s Ragland, paintings, photographs and objets d’art from a host of Edinburgh-based artists, plus Van Winkle’s award-winning poems read by the author. It is joy, memory and loss condensed into a tea break. It is an ambient audio voyage. It is a red room to lay down in, close your eyes and be where you want to be.
7 December — An Evening with Iain Banks - I’ll have the huge privilege of chairing an event with Scottish author Iain Banks at the Strathclyde University as part of the Keith Wright Fellowship Writers Series! It’s on from 5pm in the USSA Debating Theatre, floor 6 of the Student Union building, it is TOTALLY FREE and OPEN TO ALL.
1 December – Compere at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow at Book Week Scotland’s Pop Up Festival, introducing eight winners of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards.
19 November — Featured Poet @ Spoken Word Paris, Au Chat Noir Café, 76, rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris; Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. In English ou en français or any language… Read, perform or sing your own (or others’) prose, poetry, music, etc in front of like-minded, literary-loving people.
9-14, 20-27 October — The Golden Hour on Tour: Glasgow, Stirling, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, Cardif and London! 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.
3 October – After a massively fun and wonderfully successful show at the St Andrews StAnza Festival, I’m diving headfirst into the jazz pool with some amazingly talented musicians and writers in the Ingham Johnstone Project at the Wigtown Book Festival on 5 October! So honoured to be invited back, it’s going to be a great night of lovely sounds.
13 September – Click Clack Club : I’ll be performing with the hugely talented Devil’s Dick Trio and Steve Kettley’s Odd Times at the Click Clack Club this Thursday 13 September at the Third Door. Come along! Only a bargainous £4 for an evening of song and fine tunes.
12 September — #NeedNothing : On Wednesday 12 September I’ll be reading at the Mono Café in Glasgow as part of Sam Allan’s #neednothing campaign, which will teach us all how to be happier. The line up has some really talented singer/songwriters, comedians, musicians, and yours truly.
8 & 16 September — “Roofless & Rediscover“ : I’m in Moniaive on Saturday 8 September between 1-5pm, where we’ll be making recordings to be played back at a special performance in Greyfriars Kirk in Dumfries on Sunday 16 September.
1 – 2 September – Sofia Poetics : A very special trip to Bulgaria as part of Literature Across Frontiers, a pan-European platform for writers of all stripes to get together and be arty and drink fine wines. Video!
25 August – Doune the Rabbit Hole : On the Longhouse Spoken Word Stage.
4 – 24 August — “Red Like Our Room Used To Feel” : Summerhall – an intimate poetry performance from Ryan Van Winkle. An audio voyage featuring melodies from Ragland. It is a red room to lay down in. An art installation with paintings , photographs and ephemera from a host of artists. It is joy, memory and loss condensed into fifteen minutes. A cup of tea, a snifter of port, and a space to listen. Every 20 minutes daily (except Wednesdays) from 2-4pm & 5-7pm. Box Office: 0845 874 3001
23 August — Hosting The Colour Orange at Unbound : Readings and performances reflecting the historical and cultural influences that combine to create Dutch culture, from the historical empire in South Africa and Indonesia to the influence of American culture in the 20th century. Featuring novelist Karin Amatmoekrrim, hip-hop artist Blaxtar, and poet/author Christine Otten.
Tuesday 7th August — 19.15: One Night Stanzas presents WATSKY x 2: an evening of spoken word with George Watsky, Paul Watsky and special guests. Henderson’s at St John’s, Tickets £7 from the Eventbrite page
Wednesday, 22 August — 11am: Poetry in the Persian Tent — with Liz Lochhead, John Glenday, Stephanie Green, Ryan Van Winkle. £10/8. The Festival of Spirituality and Peace, Venue 127, St John’s Church, Princes Street
Saturday 14 July: Eden Court, Inverness, 3pm – with Ryan Van Winkle
Saturday 21 July: Dundee Central Library, Dundee, 1pm – with Ryan Van Winkle
Saturday 28 July: Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh, 11am – with Ryan Van Winkle
Thursday 2 August, Burns Monument Centre, Kilmarnock, 2pm – with Ryan Van Winkle
Monday, 2 July, 8pm — The Golden Hour: with Dan Meth, Joshua Trotter, Leigh Kotsilidis, Taperecorder, Tessa Kautzman, Statue Park! All at Casa del Popolo!
Thursday, June 28 8pm — The Golden Hour: with Dan Meth: Artist, Leigh Kotsildis, Natalie Zina Walschots, JF Robitaille, Flamenguitos del Norte, Gavin Gardiner
Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 19:00 — Launch of ‘Lung Jazz’: Young British Poets for Oxfam – International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester — Readers will include: Andrew Oldham, Evan Jones, Claire Trévien, Lindsey Holland, Todd Swift, Michael Egan, Victoria Smith, Paul Adrian, John Challis, John Clegg, Cath Nichols, Ryan Van Winkle, Martha Sprackland, Sarah Corbett, Eileen Pun and Tom Weir.
Monday, 7 May – The Manning Clark House, Canberra — 19.30
a lovely informal space where I’ll read as many of your poems as I like with room for questions, jokes, heckling, and wine sipping. I expect an enthusiastic evening.
Saturday 5 May – Clunes Booktown Festival — Writer’s Workshop — 11am:
in which I’ll be hosting an informal writer’s group. We’ll be looking at Scottish poetry and creating our own poems.
My appearances in Australia have been partly funded by the generous support of Creative Scotland. Myself and the Wordstorm / National Poetry Festival gratefully acknowledge this integral support.
Wednesday 4 April — 10-RED – 19.00, The Persevere Function Room, Edinburgh. £3.00 entry: hosted by our friend and poet: Kevin Cadwallender. It features 10 poets, some of whom are: Kevin Williamson,Young Dawkins, Katherine McMahon, Chris Lindores, Gerry Cambridge, Rachel McCrum, Matt MacDonald, Mira Knoche,Nancy Somerville, Sally Evans, Jenny Lindsay. And me. That’s 12. 10 Red, 2 Blue.
Sunday, 1 April – Words Per Minute — The Arches, Glasgow, 16.00, £5: I’ll be sharing a stage with fellow expert on late-80s SNL cast members, the American, Jarred McInnes. Hosted by Kirstin Innes, Kirsty Logan and Helen Sedgwick.
Friday, 30 March – Neu Reekie 15 — Scottish Book Trust, 19.00: Ryan Van Winkle, Jenny Lindsay, a featured animator, Raffle of the Absurd, two pound drinks and house band Emelle for another round of Reekie fun. Also, Mr. Withered Hand.
Thursday, 29 March — 19.00: Journey: Poetry and Landscape with Angus Reid and Henry Marsh – Axolotl Gallery, 35 Dundas Street. We’ll be reading, walking in our minds, drinking, maybe singing, talking and – of course – enjoying the fantastic artwork in the gallery. This is the final show for Axolotl on Dundas, so do come and enjoy the space one more time. You’ll like it.
Friday, 23 March, 20.00 — The Ticket That Exploded – A Celebration of William Burroughs, Glasgow — The Old Hairdressers: Live cut-ups and poetry covers, and Burroughs’ films and great bands too! With Ewan Morrison, Andrew Raymond Drennan, Redwings, and Fabled Circutry.
Wednesday, 7 March — THE INGHAM JOHNSTONE PROJECT — 19:00, Byre Theatre, St. Andrews — £9: a 20 piece jazz orchestra with a reading of the narrative poem ‘Robinson’ by Brian Johnstone. The evening features a set from Trio Verso and a full performance of Robinson featuring soloists Colin Steele (trumpet) and John Kenny (trombone).
Thursday, 1 March, FREE — 17:00 – 19:00 – Literary Dundee Salon – The Salons are like no other ‘Reading’ or ‘Lecture’ or ‘talk’ on offer anywhere else – in Scotland or beyond – breaking down the barriers that all too often inhibit the growth and expression of cultural life for ordinary people. Instead here is a forum in which everyone’s ideas matter, irrespective of professional background, taste or experience.
Wednesday, 29 February, 18:30-20:30, Scottish Poetry Library, £7(£5): Poetry Association of Scotland reading with Andrew Forster. The Poetry Association of Scotland presents two poets who write about desire, regret and loss but with a life-affirming warmth and perception. Telling stories full of people and places, exploring moments of significance and discovery.
Saturday, 14 September — The Golden Hour Toronto — Placebo Space, Toronto, Pay What You Can, BYOB. 21:00
The Golden Hour arrives in North America. Featuring the wizardry of many fine performers:
DAMIAN ROGERS: Electrifying. RYAN VAN WINKLE: Award-winning, Edinburgh-dwelling bearded poet. MATTHEW J. TRAFFORD: Crafter of surreal short stories featuring Jesus clones & mermaids. TRAPLINESA: banjo. Some poems. 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.
AT PLACEBO SPACE. 1409 Bloor Street West, Apt A
Saturday, 15 October — Bang Out @ Lit Quake — Beauty Bar, 18.00: writers Marisa Crawford, Matt L. Rohrer, Lizzy Acker and Ryan Van Winkle read fresh new work on the theme “Meditations in an Emergency.”
Auckland, New Zealand
Tuesday, 13 September — Poetry Live — The Thirsty Dog, Auckland. FREE – 20:00
New Zealand’s longest running, dedicated poetry event, Poetry Live has been a hub for the poetry community for over thirty years with a weekly guest poet, guest musician and open mic section where anyone can perform or read.
Wednesday, 7 September — Tuning in the World @ The Sydney Fringe
Four poets and six musicians from Sydney will read alongside live, improvised music. There are no rehearsals. Featuring the legendary poet Shane Koyczan.
Camelot Lounge 19 Marrickville Rd — $20 — 19:00
Tuesday, 6 September — Word in Hand, The Friend in Hand Hotel — 8pm, $5 – 10
Saturday, 3 September — Poetry @ The Dan, The Dan O’Connell Hotel, 14.00 – 17.00
The Dan is Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue. From January 1st 1994 the Dan has featured some of the best National and International poets.
Wednesday, 31 August — City of Literature Connect, The Wheeler Centre — 19.00 – 20.00
The Melbourne Poets Union and Australian Poetry presents a Melbourne / Edinburgh collaboration, a Cities of Literature soiree. Two international poets based in Edinbugh: American-born Ryan Van Winkle and Australian-American Emily Ballou read from their work.
Tuesday, 30 August — Edinburgh Unbound, Melbourne Writers Festival, The Toff in Town – 20.00 – 22.30, $25.00
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.
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, Wax, Paper Cinema, Jason Morton and Dolphin Boy + much more including films byRoxana Pope and some special Reel Festivals gubbins. You will want to buy a hamburger.
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.
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.
Thursday, 18 August — The Golden Hour at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square, 9-11pm, FREE
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.
Also appearing: Alison Smith, Colin Herd, Fiona Soe Paing, Mark Mace Smith, Nuala Watt, Rachel McCrum, ShellSuit Massacre & Sophie Mayer
20 July, The Golden Hour, The Forest, FREE BYOB
Degna Stone – The new Newcastle poet rocks up and rocks on!
Amy Burns – A little American Class.
Luke Williams – original, inconceivable, brilliant says Ali Smith.
Olivia Salazar — singing the Spanish
Portnawak & The Woo – gypsy folk hop, psychedelic tribal dance music and organic punk…with the added element of Woo!
BenOfficial – electro art performance for which you are all woefully unprepared!
BYOB! enjoy! x
13th July (wed) 2011, 7pm, £2 – Poetry @ The Ivory
Ivory Hotel – 2 Camphill Avenue Shawlands
Glasgow friends, come along to The Ivory for a night of poetry. I’m reading and the rest of the line-up is yet to be confirmed but sure to be excellent if reports of other brilliant nights at the Ivory are to be believed. Also, I’m told — I’ll be doing a brief interview. Should be interesting. And, I would love to see you. And to read you poems.
6 July — London,
24 June – 19.00, £5/4 – Neu Reekie 6 @ The Scottish Book Trust
The Naughty Boys — * computers vs drums vs loops vs spoken words *
Once a year the elusive and enigmatic Naughty Boys take the stage and with the best of intentions — to create 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 Winkle— Spoken Words.
22 June, 8pm, The Forest, Edinburgh. Free. BYOB.
The Golden Hour!
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 Bowd. With 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.
14 June, 8.30pm, The Stand, Edinburgh — £4 / 3
It is not often I get to read in a comedy club. Yet, here I will be. Reading poems at the legendary Stand. A stage which has featured Daniel Kitson. Everyday I get closer. I’ll be doing a chatty poetry set. While I’ve been trying to trim the intros, it seems like this one requires a bit o’ banter. Come along if you like that kind of thing. Also performing: Fiona Herbert, Las Zorras, Liz Ely and Ryan Van Winkle.
Reel Festivals: A Month worth of readings, translation workshops and more with the Reel Festivals writers from Syria, Lebanon and Scotland. Events include:
Readings at the Scottish Poetry Library (Edinburgh) and The Scottish Writer’s Centre (Glasgow)
Translation Workshops and Poetry Panel on ‘Crossing Boundaries / Bearing Witness’ in Lebanon.
From Syria, Golan Haji and Rasha Omran, from Lebanon, Yehya Jaber and Mazen Maarouf and from Scotland, Tom Pow, Emily Ballou, William Letford and Ryan Van Winkle, along with beautiful Arabic Calligraphy by Everitte Barbee.
We are immensely thankful to Creative Scotland for making this festival, book and all these outcomes possible through the Vital Sparks funding, to the British Council for their sponsorship and ongoing support and to the Scottish Poetry Library, Literature Across Frontiers and all Reel Festivals supporters.
As the poet Andrew Philip said: ‘it fairly makes a difference when you know the poetry makes a difference’. We couldn’t agree more and hope you do too.
Wed. March 23rd, 20.00 — The Golden Hour — The Forest, 3 Bristo Place – FREE
Tue. March 22nd — Nothing But the Poem — Central Library, Edinburgh — 19.00 — FREE
Fancy a poetry chat? Nothing But The Poem is a relaxed and informal way to meet and discuss poems. Moderated by ECL / SPL Reader-in-Residence Ryan Van Winkle.
* 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.
Wed. March 16th, 19.30 — The Golden Hour @ StAnza – The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews — Free!
Readings by: Ryan Van Winkle , William Letford Music By: Hailey Beavis & John Langan Band — an extravagant, eclectic three-piece melding Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy swing, and progressive music into a remarkably high-octane and super big sound.
Two of Scotland’s hottest cultural nests – Cargo publishing and music label Chemikal Underground – come head to head armed with prose, poetry and song. Authors Alan Bissett, Rodge Glass and Doug Johnstone, poet Ryan Van Winkle and emerging talent Kirstin Innes get up on stage to face former-The Delgados and revered singer songwriter Emma Pollock, and the multi-talented Lord Cutglass and his band. Stand-up comedian AL Kennedy referees the evening. Expect great music, and great writing at a great venue. Sponsored by City of Edinburgh Libraries.
with performances by writers with work that sings and bands who provide thought provoking words with brilliant chops.
Thurs. 10 February — 19.00: St. Mungo’s Mirrorball, Glasgow @ Poetry Club , Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street — FREE
Tue 1 February — 24 February — Poetry Month @ Blackhall Library — FREE
Join me for a month full of poetic activities!
Fri. 28 January — 20.00 – 00.00: Verse Beats @ The Sugar Factory, Amsterdam – 9 euros (7.50 for students)
A literary extravaganza with poets, mc’s and slammers all taking the stage. If you or your friends are in Amsterdam please come / spread the word.
Wed. 19 January — 20.00 – 00.00: The Golden Hour, The Forest, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh — FREE
Music: Lipsync for a Lullaby – Loud and long songs composed of classical harmonies, beats of slo-core, remains of post-rock, ashes of punk, and modernist intervals. Zebra-Eye – Boom Bang Crash!!! &&&
John Knox Sex Club – The sound of a warm tea cup…. On a fresh paper cut.
Thurs. 23 December — 19.00 – 20.00: Hometown Book Launch! — Blackstone Library, FREE
Poems from Ryan Van Winkle’s prize-winning début collection ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here ‘. Music from John Farias.
Free drinks and nibbles.
Wed. 15 December — 20.00 – Late: The Golden Hour Holiday Hell-Ride, The Forest — FREE
Samuel Taradash + Jarred McGinnis – Release a special double chapbook, boom! * Jason Morton – the annual roar * Tim Turnbull — Beware the tinselled Succubus * Ben Lancaster — Live from Canada with Holiday Tidings. * Music From: Pockets & Alex — Fantastic Uke Boogies!!! * Forest Choir — A full chorale opens their lungs. * John Langan Band — Do you like the party?
Sun. 12 December – 16.00 – 18.00: Words Per Minute — The Arches, Glasgow £ tbc
Performance from Kieran Hurley, Dark, sexy new stories from Kirsty Logan, Anarchic NYC poetry from Ryan Van Winkle, A live electronica set from Miaoux Miaoux, Christmas karaoke
+ more to be confirmed
Tue. 23 Nov. 19.00 – 20.00 An Evening of Poems… Newington Library, FREE
Featuring Ryan Van Winkle and Andrew Philip. Philip’s ‘The Ambulance box’, has been short-listed for the Forward and Seamus Heany prizes. His moving poems explore loss and discovery while addressing the death of his first child. One of our favourite Edinburgh poets. Ryan Van Winkle is Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and his book, ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here’ is focused on parting from America. His collection won the Crashaw Prize in 2009.
Thursday 18 November, 6.30pm Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, Book Launch — Blackwells, Edinburgh
There will be wine, readings from my début collection published by SALT and a rocking after party at The Forest with some of our musical friends and probably a few readings of work that I don’t read any more and which is not in the book. Stir the soup, old friends, stir the soup. With: Billy Liar, Jed & Hailey, and Black Diamond Express! Free!
Wednesday 17 November, 8pm — The Golden Hour v. Plastic Fork — FREE, The Forest
That’s right — Forest Publishing versus Forest Records in a hard-core, art-core freak out featuring: Ewan Morrison – Getting his malls out, Jon Stone + Kirsten Irving – going from 8bit to 32bit and back. There will be many art installations and video games and new ways to absorb the music and literature of Forest. Do Not Miss It.
Thursday, 11 November, 7pm, LONDON BOOK LAUNCH Phoenix Artist’s Club, at Charing Cross Road, London
I’ll be reading from my new book live and in person. That means you’ll be the first people in the world to be able to buy and hold my first ever book. So, London friends, fetch your diaries and prepare a place in your loo — my book is coming and I want it in your WC.
Wednesday, 27 October, MKC, Skopje, Macedonia 7pm
Poets Ryan van Winkle (Scotland/USA) and Faruk Šehi? (Bosnia) travelling direct from events in Belgrade will join hosts Xhabir Deralla and Kalina B Isakovska and local writers Jovica Ivanovski, Aleksandra Dimitrova, and Elizabeta Bakovska for an evening of poetry and debate.
I’ll be hosting the Hidden Doors cabaret of spoken word talent! Featuring an insane amount of brilliant readers including friends like Dave Coates, JL Williams, Jane Flett, Sophie Cooke, Kevin Williamson, Andy Philip and many many more. Go here for Saturday listings and here for Sunday listings.
Friday 22 October, The List 25th Anniversary Party, The Arches, Glasgow 8pm — £12
The List goes live! After 25 years we’ve decided to put on our own event … and it’s been worth the wait. We’re taking over The Arches for one Friday night only, showcasing the best of Scottish culture, including many of our favourite bands, DJs and writers. The line-up so far can be found here.
Wednesday, 20 October, 8pm — The Golden Hour — At The Forest — FREE
An Open Doors Spectacular with these fine people already confirmed: Sophie Cooke – releases a chapbook of new stories, Kevin MacNeil – gets behind the method actor’s mask, Doug Johnstone – actually doesn’t mind the taste of soap, thank you very much & The Kevin MacNeil Band – hitting you with music.
19 October – 6 December, Residency at Newington Library, Edinburgh — All Events Free
I’ll be semi-based in Newington Library hosting free poetic events and workshops! The month will also feature a display with my favourite poetry collection. It should be a brilliant month so come along to any of the TOTALLY FREE events mentioned below or feel free to pop into the library and see what excellent poetry books are on offer! Details coming soon ….
Wednesday, 22 September — The Golden Hour, The Forest Cafe, FREE
Featuring: Michel Faber — Novelist & accidental Train Spotter brings stories, Lorraine Mccauley Trio — featuring Guitar / Vocals, Cello / Glockenspiel , Viola / Mandolin and Accordion, Michael Pedersen — award-winning lexical butter churner and fluffy maned man, Screen Kids — power comes out and at you, Nalini Paul, and Ottersgear.
13 September – 18 October, South Queensferry Library — All Events Free
I’ll be semi-based in South Queensferry hosting free poetic events and workshops! The month will also feature a display with my favourite poetry collection. You can come and meet your Reader in Residence and join our Nothing But the Poem workshop on Monday 27 September at 19.00. It should be a brilliant month so come along to any of the TOTALLY FREE events mentioned below or feel free to pop into the library and see what excellent poetry books are on offer! All details and dates are HERE.
Wednesday 4th August, 6:00pm – Free
Blackwell, 53-62 South Bridge Edinburgh
Join us to celebrate the launch of the latest volume of New Scottish Writing. My poem is in there. Buy the book.
Word Express – from Istanbul via Athens to Edinburgh — EMERGING WRITERS ON A TRANS-EUROPEAN ODYSSEYEdinburgh International Book Festival
The Word Express project has taken young writers on literary journeys through the Balkans and South-east Europe. In this event, six poets involved in the project give a special performance. Come and hear Gokçenur Ç and Efe Duyan from Turkey; Katerina Iliopoulou and Yannis Isidorou from Greece; Marko Poga?ar from Croatia; and Raman Mundair and Ryan Van Winkle from Scotland in this truly international event.
Part of our After The Wall: The New Europe series of events.
In association with Literature Across Frontiers and the Scottish Poetry Library
lidija haas – stops the presses with her new chapbookal kennedy – novelist, comedian, rude and wonderful.
Earl Grey and the Loose Leaves – A brawling bar-room blues band that sounds like Captain Beefheart oan the train over tae Howlin’ Wolf’s hoose fur a bevvy and a brace with Sonny Terry and the Mississippi Sheiks. Contagious.&&&& loads more!!!!
Download the FREE CD HERE
Ryan Van Winkle – Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library
Surprise Book Festival Guests
Music From ::::::::
Withered Hand – intense, eccentric, bittersweet and very wry original songs.
The Sea, The Sea — lyrical lushness from Jed Milroy and Hailey Beavis featuring bouncing bluegrass licks and double bass band.
Black Diamond Express ‘are like the fastest train of the Lehigh Valley Railroad… a nine-piece band soaked in poetry, myth and bourbon.’ (Mark Edmundson, The L