Ryan in Oxford Poets 2010 Anthology

September 29, 2010

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It is a real honor to have my poems included in Carcanet’s latest edition of the Oxford Poets series. In the 2010 edition of this respected anthology I’m surrounded by such wonderful poets as David Shook and Jim Carruth — both of whom make being in this collection an extra treat because they are good and they are friends. Frankly, it is worth buying this anthology for either of them alone. But you don’t just get them (and me) you get a total of 9 new voices spanning decades and continents. And for those of you thinking — I’ll just buy Ryan’s solo collection when it comes out — Well, there’s poems in this anthology which you won’t find in my full collection. So, snap this up, it is worth it. Have a look / make a purchase HERE.

Mario Petrucci on the Podcast

September 26, 2010

One of my favourite poets in the UK is Mario Petrucci. He’s a great writer and thinker, a thoughtful, considerate, opinionated man who I feel quite lucky to have interviewed. His book ‘Heavy Water: A Poem for Chernoybl‘ is one of the best books of poems I’ve read in recent memory. Go buy it, if you have not already. Or, if you still need convincing — listen to the podcast and hear of good this writer is!

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Mario Petrucci

Mario Petrucci – scientist, thinker and poet – unravels an engaging discussion with Ryan on poetry, poetics, science, the challenges of pushing the boundaries in poetry and much else. They discuss Mario’s fantastic Heavy Water as well as his most recent, i tulips, and we pepper things with a few choice readings.

Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine. Music by Ewen Maclean. Email us:

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First published 9 August, 2010

About Mario Petrucci

Photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld Mario Petrucci has had residencies at both the Imperial War Museum and BBC Radio 3.  Combining poetic innovation with a profoundly human aspect, he is four times winner of the London Writers competition and recipient of the Bridport Prize, an ACE Writers’ Award and a New London Writers Award.  His collection Heavy Water (Enitharmon, 2004) won the Arvon Prize and forms the backbone of a powerful poetry film on Chernobyl (Seventh Art Productions).  His remarkable i tulips collection (Enitharmon), which has already been praised highly by Roy Fisher and Bill Berkson.

And Here’s a Glimpse of Heavy Water: A Film For Chernobyl


Two Poets – One Podcast

September 24, 2010

Hello All! Another blast from the Book Festival past! Here I get the chance to talk to two very different but very very good poets. It was humbling. This is what I sound like when I am humbled.

Kathleen Jamie & Lorraine Mariner at #edbookfest

We’ve been at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this past week, and caught up with two very different poets who have been involved with the events strand the Scottish Poetry Library has curated together with Don Paterson. The first is Lorraine Mariner, who we caught up with after her event in the Spiegeltent. The second is award winning poet Kathleen Jamie, who reads some of her remarkable new work.

We also mark the passing of Scotland’s Makar, Edwin Morgan, and his former editor at Carcanet, SPL director Robyn Marsack, shares a few words about Eddie. We’ll be doing a full show on Morgan very soon.

Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine. Music by Ewen Maclean. Email us:

Twitter: @byleaveswelive & @anonpoetry.

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About Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland in 1962, and educated in Edinburgh, where she studied philosophy. Her poetry collections include The Queen of Sheba (1994), and Jizzen (1999), both of which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial award. Her Selected Poems, Mr & Mrs Scotland are Dead (2002), was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize, and in 2002 she was awarded a Creative Scotland Award.

As well as poetry Kathleen Jamie writes non-fiction, such as Findings (Sort Of Books, 2005), which merges travel and nature writing. Her poetry collection, The Tree House (2004), won the 2004 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and the 2005 Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award. She holds a part-time post as Lecturer in Creative Writing at St Andrews University and lives in Fife. Her latest collection is Waterlight: selected poems (Graywolf Press, 2007).

About Lorraine Mariner

Lorraine Mariner Lorraine Mariner was born in 1974, grew up in Upminster and attended Huddersfield University where she read English, and University College London where she read Library and Information Studies. She works at the Poetry Library, Southbank Centre. Her pamphlet Bye For Now was published by The Rialto in 2005. In 2005 she also received an Arts Council Writer’s Award and in 2007 her poem ‘Thursday’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best individual poem. Her first full collection, Furniture (Picador, 2009), has been shortlisted for the inaugural Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry.

Ewan Morrison – Hear My Man-Crush

September 21, 2010

In this podcast you will hear, quite clearly I think, what Ryan sounds like when he has a man-sized crush on another man. Yes, it is me in conversation with the ‘mallsy’ Ewan Morrison. Frankly, this chat really doesn’t have a whole lot to do with poetry but we do make a lot of jokes, hear some great stories about malls and talk about the desecration of public spaces. There is sadness, joy, comedy and, yes, I think real ‘sparks’ between Mr. Ewan and I. Please enjoy.

Ewan Morrison

Scottish literary powerhouse Ewan Morrison – filmmaker, novelist and short-story writer – talks to Ryan at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about the poetry of the shopping mall, his latest multimedia project. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine and @anonpoetry. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle at @forpub. Mail: and tweet @byleaveswelive

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About Ewan Morrison

Ewan Morrison Ewan Morrison is the author of the novels, Menage, Distance and Swung and of the short story collection The Last Book you Read.

He worked as a writer-director in television and film for ten years, directed over 200 hours of television, has been nominated for three BAFTA’s and is the winner of a Royal Television Society Best Drama Award. He was script writer in residence in New York from 2002 to 2005 with Madstone Films.

Ewan has recently been awarded a Scottish Arts Council writers bursary for a book of short stories entitled TALES FROM THE MALL. He has also recently been awarded a six week writers residency at Cove Park – an innovative artist and writers retreat on the banks of Loch Long, Scotland.

Golden Hour — September 22nd, 2010 – FREE

September 20, 2010


September 22nd, 2010
Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Pl
Free! Free! Free! (byob)


Michel Faber — Novelist & accidental Train Spotter brings stories.

Lorraine Mccauley Trio — featuring Guitar / Vocals, Cello / Glockenspiel , Viola / Mandolin and Accordion. It is atmospheric, melodic, lyrically beautiful, haunting and mostly gentle.

Michael Pedersen — award-winning lexical butter churner and fluffy maned man.

screen kids — power comes out and at you.

Nalini Paul – new chapbook


Ottersgear – get in!

See you there!

Donald S Murray – Hear His Voice

September 19, 2010

Here’s a new podcast for y’all! Donald S Murray and I met many years ago in Shetland when he interviewed me for a job. This experience was so traumatic, I blocked out the memory. However, upon re-introduction, I was happy to realize he is a lovely and intelligent writer and, lucky for you Dear Listener, he has a voice like Peruvian honey poured slowly over rich mahogany. Okay, you can tell, it is a bit late as I write this. What I mean is — Donald is a pleasure to listen to. I hope you enjoy the interview and please check out some of his books…..

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Donald S Murray

Ryan chats to Donald S Murray while he was at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. They discuss his non-fiction book on St Kilda, The Guga Hunters, the importance of place in poetry, the difference between island and mainland poetry and Donald’s new book which focuses on the Italian Chapel in Orkney. We also get to hear a few of Donald’s poems.

Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine and @anonpoetry. Music by Ewen Maclean. Contact: @byleaveswelive or mail

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About Donald S Murray

Donald S Murray Donald S Murray comes from Ness at the northern tip of the Isle of Lewis and now works in close proximity to ‘the Ness’ at the southern tip of Shetland. His experience of life clearly limited, he has written much about islands and the seabirds that fly around them. The gannet especially features in The Guga Hunters (Birlinn) and Praising The Guga (North Idea); both taking flight in October 2008. These books were inspired by the men who hunt the guga (or young gannets) each year in Sulageir off the north-east coast of Lewis.

Call For Submissions — This Next One Goes Out To…

September 18, 2010

Have you been inspired by a song?

Was it a tune that drove you to tears, then to the page?

Or perhaps an adventure centred around a killer gig?

Well then, we want your  short stories, poetry, music journalism, essays, photography and artwork!

Forest Publications Presents …

This Next One Goes Out To… is our homage to the relationship between literature and music.

Submissions should generally be less than 5000 words.

Send work

Please send photos and artwork as high-res images

Deadline: October 30, 2010

Forest Publications has always enjoyed the relationship between music and literature. Both The Golden Hour Book 1 and The Golden Hour Book 2 have included a cd featuring artists like John Crave, Le Enfant Bastard, Withered Hand, Francois & the Atlas Mountains, & Billy Liar. Each month, we produce  The Golden Hour  which takes place in the Forest Cafe, Edinburgh. The Golden Hour is an event that combines readings, bad jokes, music, funny jokes, dancing and visual rubbish in a cabaret setting. Readers have ranged from relatively unknown, untested writers to those with international followings like AL Kennedy and Michel Faber. Many of our musicians friends have gone on to claim critical and commercial success. Forest Publications has been generously funded by the Scottish Arts Council. To learn more about The Golden Hour visit

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Poetry Month in South Queensferry Library

September 17, 2010

From Monday the 27th of September, South Queensferry Library will be my poetic home away from home.

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!

Nothing But the Poem

Mon. 27 Sept. 19.00 – 20.00

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. 13 Oct. 15.45 – 16.45

A poetry afternoon for kids with writing games and activities!A poetry afternoon for kids with writing games and activities!

Poems Aloud

Wed. 13 October 19.00 – 20.00

Do you have a favourite poem? Do you love hearing poems read aloud? Come to our poems aloud session where we’ll be sharing the poems we carry with us, in our hearts and even in our pockets. Bring any poem you’d like to hear and share and we’ll read a few from our roving poetry collection.

Poetry Month also features a unique poetry display of our favourite and most accessible collections.


Poetry Podcast Bonanza!

September 9, 2010

New Podcasts for Your Hungry Ears

Anyone who was in Edinburgh this August knows — it is the cruelest and busiest month — full of events, parties, and culture (high and low low low). However, during that time Colin Fraser and I still managed to rock out a few poetry podcasts for you and there is loads of audio still to get on the electric air. See our latest work below and – please – subscribe so you don’t miss conversations with Paul Muldoon, Mandy Haggith, Andrew Greig and Vicki Feaver. All coming up soon. But now — check out these hot episodes featuring music by Trio Verso, comedy by David O’Doherty, and musings with Mario Petrucci. And don’t forget to let us know what you think. It gets lonely out here.