Office Hours at The SPL – March 3rd – 4 – 6pm

February 27, 2009


If anyone would like to have a sit-down in the Scottish Poetry Library with me – I have my regular office hours on Tuesday the 3rd of March. I’ll be in the poetry library from 4 – 6 and will be available to talk about poems, poetry, the library, future events, the US Elections, writing or whatever. Please just pop by if you fancy a chat or a browse through the aisles with a little help from me.

For your diary: I’ll be in the SPL from 4 – 6 on the first Tuesday of every month so feel free to come down for a chat and biscuits.

The Golden Hour Scottish Tour! 12 March – 16 March – Tell Everyone!


The Golden Hour is going on a whirlwind tour of Scotland to promote our books: Stolen Stories and The Golden Hour Book with readings and music.


Thursday March 12th – 8pm – Applecross Inn, Applecross, Wester Ross, Tel: 01520 744262

Friday March 13 – 8pm – Mad Hatters, Inverness,Upstairs from Hootananny, 67 Church Street. Tel: 01463 233651.

Saturday, March 14th – 8pm – The Malt Barn Cafe Bar, Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Keith

Sunday March 15th –  Blue Lamp – Aberdeen – 121 Gallowgate. Tel: 01224 647472 (with Special Guest Sarah J Tingle!)

All gigs at 8pm. Free (but Donations welcome.) Books for sale at special tour prices!


Forest Publications presents …
The Golden Hour is a literary cabaret which has played to sold-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is poetry, prose, and original eclectic songs. It is physical and mental. It is a reading. It is a gig. It is a party.

billyliarEricka Duffy – hot new prose from her hot new chapbook called Succubus!

Jason Morton – stories that can eat bricks.

Ryan Van Winkle – little poems and long stories from the Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library.


Jane Flett – seamstress of most fetching stories.


Billy Liar – Acoustic + infectious punk.

Hailey Beavis – subtle guitar, a bed for a voice, both personal and touching.

Jed Milroy – singer songwriter and hunter finally back from the Woods.

Withered Hand – intense, eccentric, bitter-sweet and very wry original songs.

This tour has been generously supported by the Scottish Arts Council.

Nothing But The Poem – A Free Workshop

February 26, 2009


* 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.

A relaxed and informal way to meet and discuss a poem. Moderated by Ryan Van Winkle.


The Forest, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh


2pm. Sat. 28 February

How Much:


There’s a little sample of what a NBTP session is like here:

BBC Radio Scotland Interview — October 2008

February 21, 2009

In October of 2008 I was invited to talk about poetry on The Book Cafe with Lilias Fraser from The Scottish Poetry Library and presenter Clare English. In case you missed us, or want to hear us again, here is the edited interview.


This Will Explain Everything — Call for Submissions

tweeAn open call to comic artists and illustrators.

The Edinburgh-based Forest Publishing is putting together a graphic novel anthology and we are looking for work from artists who combine words and images in various ways.

This anthology is an imaginary encyclopedia: a compendium of knowledge that is true, half-true, false, absurd or very confusing. A reader will come away from this book intrigued, amazed, mystified, puzzled, perplexed, bewildered, bemused and befuddled but not necessarily informed.

Your entry should explain something. It can be a piece of disinformation, speculation or thorough nonsense. It could be about how a tractor works, what heart burn really is, an explanation of long-distance running or zen. Facts are fine but, for this project, they are not the ultimate point. We’re looking for unique points of view on a wide-range of objects and ideas.


* See submission guidelines here.


The Golden Hour on Tour: Glasgow, March 10th


The Golden Hour is going to be at the Aye Write festival in Glasgow on March 10th. 21.00 – 22.30! £7/6 admission!

We’re turning the cafe/bar at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow into a literary cabaret for the Golden Hour – poetry and prose, and music acoustic and electric. Hosted by Ryan Van Winkle, Reader-in-Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and featuring sharp words from Forest Publication’s latest collection (Stolen Stories), brilliant music and visual rubbish with writers Nick Holdstock and Kapka Kassabova (author of Street Without a Name) and performances by Black Diamond Express, The Sea is Salt and The Zorras.


Nick Holdstock -his work has appeared in Stand, Edinburgh Review, New Leaf, Textualities, V: New International Writing from Edinburgh, The Golden Hour Book, The Southern Review and Stolen Stories.


The Sea is Salt @ Mono in Glasgow

Kapka Kassabova – a charming Bloodaxe poet whose memoir (Street Without a Name) has won loads of praise.

Ryan Van Winkle – his poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland and Northwords Now.


Black Diamond Express – a rocking, hell-playing, old time string band.

The Sea is Salt – Original dreamy folk songs with a dark twist.

The Zorras – kicking their brand of “poetry-music fusion weirdness” with megaphones and a wicked loop pedal.

New Chapbook from Forest Publications

February 17, 2009


Now available for the £2 is the fine short story The Wolves by David Gow, the first in a series of chapbooks printed by Forest Publications.

Here’s a small sample of what you can expect:

“Arch couldn’t rest.

There was a wolf on the mountain that took his grouse and killed his deer and sometimes came down murderously amongst his farmer’s sheep. It was not a real wolf but an animal descended from the dogs  he’d turned out to die or go feral, so it was no mystery why it knew and despised him especially. He felt it was the opposite of a dog now, its attitude towards him something like the opposite of loyalty. At night he heard it howling through the wind while the rest of the valley slept. He’d lie there and tell himself he was lucky that all his torment was bound up in one living creature. How many could say that, and then set out in the morning with a gun to kill their troubles?”

Want to read more? Buy the book.

Product details

  • Pamphlet: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Forest Publications (18 Feb 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 095564562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955645624
  • Available: The Forest, Word Power Books &

Poem in Northwords Now #9

February 16, 2009

My poem, They Tore the Bridge Down a Year Later, was published in this fine issue of Northwords Now. It features, among others, Robert Alan Jamieson and Les Murray. A really enjoyable read and you can download the whole issue of issue number 9 as a .pdf here.

* Go to the North Words Now website to browse the issue.

Ryan on the Radio Feb. 16, 2009

February 15, 2009

BBC Radio Scotland has invited me to appear on The Book Cafe on Monday 16 February. I’ll be talking to the host, Chris Dolan, about poetry and my job as Reader in Residence. I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite poems with Sam Kelly and the writer Denise Mina who wrote the Garnethill books as well as Hellblazer for Vertigo. The show is live at 1.15pm or you can listen on the iplayer here.

Michael Bowdidge on William Blake’s “The Sick Rose”

Michael Bowdidge on The Sick Rose

Michael Bowdidge who makes mad beautiful humbling sculpture out of the oddest items comments on one of his favourite poems. “The Sick Rose” by William Blake. Read it here.