Kate Fox News

October 28, 2010

If you like your poetry topical, funny and chatty — this is the podcast for you. Kate Fox very kindly took a break from Edinburgh Book Festival activities to speak with me about her poems and performances. I think the charm and cut of her wit is apparent. Do enjoy.

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Kate Fox

In another podcast recorded at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, Ryan speaks with poet Kate Fox about her Fringe show Kate Fox News, the trials of standup comedy and her literary work in the North East of England including the marvellous Durham book festival. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine. Music by Ewen Maclean. Twitter: @byleaveswelive & @anonpoetry. Mail:

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First published Friday 17 September, 2010

About Kate Fox

Kate Fox Kate Fox has been described as like Victoria Wood channeling Sylvia Plath. The poet Roger Robinson recently said “Kate Fox isn’t the new Pam Ayres, she’s the new John Hegley”. To which someone else replied that she’s not the new anyone, just herself.

She tends to perform funny, quirky poetry with a heavy pop culture/news edge but also writes less funny poetry that’s been published in Magma, Rising, Aesthetica and various other places.

The Black Isle Trilogy

October 26, 2010

I was lucky enough to spend a few days up in the Black Isle recently. I went up to talk to school kids about poetry (and they were brilliant and lovely and engaged which was so nice!) and then got to spend a few days hanging about at the Black Isle Words Festival which was a good time because I got to see a whole bunch of poets I didn’t know who were outstanding and I even got to indulge in reading a few of my own. I think you can tell from this series of podcasts how warm and wonderful it is up there. If you get a chance – go visit. It is a beautiful place with beautiful people. Check out the podcasts if you are unconvinced.

Ryan in Belgrade

October 22, 2010

Rolling On the Word Express

The Bosnian poet Faruk Šehic and I are meeting in Belgrade, then training to Macedonia and Istanbul to do readings, blog, translate and meet other poets as part of the fantastic Word Express programme. You can read some of the Macedonian writers’ work in English, French and German translation in the current issue of Transcript, Literature Across Frontier’s online magazine. And you can learn more about the Word Express and Literature Across Frontiers project here.

I’ll be reading in Serbia for the first time ever on Monday the 25th of October!!! If you have friends in the area, please let them know. It will be an amazing line-up of new international poetry featuring: U?estvuju:
Faruk Šehic (Bosna i Hercegovina), Ana Ristovic (Srbija), Jasmina Topic, Milan Dobri?ic & Dejan Matic.

The event takes place: UK Parobrod, Kapetan Mišina 6a, Belgrade, Serbia at 19.00

Get the Feaver…

Okay – I really love Vicki Feaver and it was such a pleasure to talk to her that I hope you’ll listen to this podcast and then go buy all her books. I first saw her read when I was doing my Creative Writing Masters at Edinburgh University. I loved her work so much that I wrote her a fan letter. I never write fan letters. I write complaints. Anyway, I said, basically — she’s everything good about poetry. She’s sharp and brutal and accessible and funny and just a totally wondrous poet whose books are nearly perfect and really, you should just read all of her stuff and fall in love with her too so I can stop gushing because it makes me feel like an idiot. Enjoy. And sorry for the lame pun.

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Vicki Feaver

On this week’s podcast, we have the great pleasure to chat with acclaimed poet Vicki Feaver. She delights Ryan with her refreshing outlook on the poetry world, her fantastic work and her very infectious sense of humour. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine. Music by Ewen Maclean. Twitter: @byleaveswelive & @anonpoetry. Mail:

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First published Friday 15 October, 2010

About Vicki Feaver

Vicki Feaver moved to Dunsyre, South Lanarkshire in 2000. She previously taught creative writing at the University of Chichester where she is now Emeritus Professor. She has published three collections of poetry, Close Relatives (Secker 1981), and The Handless Maiden (Cape 1994) and The Book of Blood (Cape 2006), both short-listed for the Forward Prize Best Collection, with The Book of Blood also shortlisted for the 2006 Costa (formerly Whitbread) Poetry Book Award. Her poem ‘Judith’ won the Forward Prize for the Best Single Poem. She has also received a Heineman Prize, a Hawthornden Fellowship, an Arts Council Award and a Cholmondeley Award.

Hidden Door Madness – This Weekend – The Roxy!!!!

October 21, 2010

Reading Music Art and More

All at The Hidden Door

Edinburgh, 23-24 October, 2010

I love Hidden Door. It is a festival of music, art, experimentation, words, film — everything you could possibly love about Edinburgh in one beautiful, tricked out space. The people who make it are amazing. The people performing are amazing. And I’m very proud to have a small part in this year’s festivities. I’ll be reading some poems Sunday evening and hosting the literary sessions in the afternoons / evenings till 8 o’clock. If you are in or near Edinburgh I highly suggest you get yourself some cheap tickets and join the festival fun. If you are into finding out who will be readings — Go here for Saturday listings and here for Sunday listings.

Follow THIS LINK to buy your advanced tickets!!!

hidden door 2010

Hidden Door is a creative festival that sees 40 bands, 60 artists, 20 poets and 20 film-makers come together for an exclusive weekend in Edinburgh.
The Roxy Art House will be transformed across every level.
The theatre space will become the Garden, a space of wonderment, a place to escape the hubbub of music and entertainment, but allow time for some extensive exploration of the various installations.
The Roxy bar will host Hidden Cinema showcasing the talent of short film-makers from Scotland and beyond with over 40 films being shown across the weekend. Featuring Cinemaattic and thiscollection
The downstairs room, usually reserved for gigs will this year be the room of Impossible Interactions, wheresix artists have created very individual pieces that all incorporate audience interaction.
Impossible Journeys a series of poetry based installations spaced through the venue created by 10 nationally acclaimed poets.
And the main space will be filled with 5 unique stages, each one created through a collaboration of artists, musicians, poets and film-makers.

22nd October 2010, 7pm – Midnight

Friday Evening – Buy tickets

Main Space

19:00 – Tokamak, Lipsync for a Lullaby, The Foundling Wheel, Dead Boy Robotics, American Men (LuckyMe)

19:15 – Tokamak

20:00 – Lipsync for a Lullaby

20:45 – The Foundling Wheel

21:30 – Dead Boy Robotics

22:15 – American Men (LuckyMe)

Roxy Room

19:15 – Yusuf Azak

20:15 – Lady North

21:15 – John Knox Sex Club

22:15 – Washington Irving

Please Note:  Hidden Door will open with a spectacular film and music event featuring a collaboration between 5 bands, the audience and the film makers.  For this reason we ask that you are there for the beginning of the event. Latecomers may not be admitted after 7.30pm!

23rd October 2010, 1pm – 8pm

Saturday afternoon

Poetry listings here

Main Space

13:15 – Open Swimmer

14:00 – Aki

14:30 – Alastair Cook and Luca Nasciuti

15:00 – Bear Bones

15:35 – John Kellock

15:50 – Kieron Maguire

16:30 – John Kellock

16:45 – Now Now Club

17:15 – White Heath

18:30 – Social Services, Jo Mango, Open Swimmer and Bear Bones

19:10 – Elle Es Aich

19:35 – Iliop

23rd October 2010, 6pm – Midnight

Saturday Evening

Main Space

17:15 – White Heath

18:30 – Social Services, Jo Mango, Open Swimmer and Bear Bones

19:10 – Elle Es Aich

19:35 – Iliop

19:55 – Asthmatic Astronaut

20:40 – Digital Jones

21:25 – Pooch

22:10 – RBRBR

Roxy Room

19:15 – Small Feet, Little Toes

20:15 – Jo Mango

21:15 –Lewis Gibson and the Midas Touch

22:15 – Endor

24th October 2010, 1pm – 8pm

Sunday Afternoon

Poetry listings here

Main Space

13:45 – Kieron Maguire

14:30 – SILENI

15:00 – Tom Adams

15:45 – Esperi

16:15 – Alastair Cook and Luca Nascuiti

17:30 – Winter Greens

18:15 – Iona Marshall

19:00 – Social Services

19:45 – Chris Bradley

24th October 2010, 6pm – Midnight

Sunday Evening

18:15 – Iona Marshall

19:00 – Social Services

19:45 – Chris Bradley

20:30 – Urban Farm Hand

21:15 – Hidden Orchestra

22:20 – Lipsync for a Lullaby, The Foundling Wheel, Tokamak, American Men (LuckyMe) Dead Boy Robotics

Roxy Room

19:00 – Mighty Moth Magnets

19:55 – Fueldiva

20:50 – Comma

21:45 – House of La

22:40 – Black Diamond Express

I’ll be at The List Party, Friday Night. Will You?

October 20, 2010

The nice people at Cargo publishing asked if I’d like to read some poems at the Arches in Glasgow. I said yes. There is a great line-up of readers, bands, djs and it sounds like The List will be doing what it does best. Throwing a great party. So, if you happen to be in Glasgow on Friday the 22nd come say hi. I’ll be reading around 9pm but check below for all the hot details. My set is minor compared for the planned extravaganza!

List party

Event celebrates 25th anniversary of The List Magazine

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster for The List: 25 Years.

The List: 25 Years

Bands / DJs / Spoken Word
The Arches, Glasgow, Fri 22 Oct 2010

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:


King Creosote
Den Haan
Come on Gang!


RM Hubbert
Human Don’t Be Angry (Malcolm Middleton)
Graeme Ronald (Remember Remember)
Alasdair Roberts
Adam Stafford


JG Wilkes (Optimo/Sub Club)
Kris Wasabi (Wasabi Disco)
Joe Howe (Ben Butler & Mousepad)
Pretty Ugly DJs

Spoken Word (curated by Cargo Publishing)

Christopher Brookmyre
Ewan Morrison
Ryan Van Winkle
Sophie Cooke
Robin Cairns
Jenny Lindsay
Andrew Raymond Drennan
Anneliese Mackintosh
Tawona Sithole
Allan Wilson

Check back here for more details, or on The List Facebook page or on Twitter.

Tickets are £12 and can be bought via Ticketmaster from The Arches

Their music is instrumental, electronic, ambitious, exploratory and excellent. And it gets on the radio too. Releasing records through Mogwai’s Rock Action label, they’ve been carving out a reputation over the last 4 years as a great live spectacle, thanks to some great live shows, including a tour support slot with Underworld. It’s a reputation reinforced by the material from their storming second album Come Down With Me.

King Creosote
Kenny Anderson has earned himself the status as a lynchpin of the Scottish music scene. Alongside his fellow label-running crew, rather than go out to hammer away at the doors of a pre-existent ‘scene’ or industry, The Fence Collective created their own. With all this on his CV, it’s easy to forget that he also makes music. Well, he does, and it’s great.

Den Haan
Optimo-approved cosmic electronica from Glasgow. Andrew Gardiner and Matthew Aldworth are a couple of adventurous creative minds aspiring to produce innovative and unique dance music. Their debut album Gods From Outer Space is due out later this year.

Human Don’t Be Angry
Malcolm Middleton recently debuted his spellbinding solo project at Fence’s Away Game festival, and The List has been hooked on Malc’s newly obtuse, noodling guitar work ever since. He has commented that it’s difficult to avoid doing a slow head-shake like Knopfler on those suspended guitar notes.

Wasabi Disco
Kris Wasabi’s club night is a regular fixture at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, giving the capital a monthly shot of weekend electro-disco. Kris cut his teeth DJ-ing with electronic outfit xvectors and DJ duo Optimo, and is expected to showcase his expertly eclectic style.

JG Wilkes (Optimo/Sub Club)
One half of the legendary Optimo team, JG Wilkes has been loving your ears for over a decade. Having concluded Optimo (Espacio)’s fruitful Sub Club residency, the pair have continued developing their brand, with the Rizla Riverboat Shuffle, a string of international tour dates and new Sub Club night Hung Up! counting as just a few of their successes. Expect a diverse range of tunes, all of which will get your body and mind moving.

Alasdair Roberts
The man formerly known as Appendix Out is one of Scotland finest folk musicians, who’s best recognised these days for taking traditional songs and infusing them with his own twisted mythology. Listen out for bawdy ballads from latest album Too Long In This Condition, or indeed more morbid fare from death ballads album No Earthly Man.

Come on Gang!
Since drummer/singer Sarah Tanat-Jones appeared beaming on our cover back in February we’ve been firmly fixated CoG! fans, and were particularly buoyed by the recent release of their excellent ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ single.

Graeme Ronald
Graeme Ronald, who records as Remember Remember, released his self-titled debut album in 2008 – a tremendously lovely mix of looping samples and twinkling instrumentation. New EP ‘RR Scorpii’ is released on Rock Action, 1 Nov. The EP launch party is at Stereo, Glasgow on Fri 5 Nov and will feature a newly formed seven-piece band. He plays solo for us.

RM Hubbert
Not since Extreme slapped their way through ‘More Than Words’ have a guitar’s percussive abilities been more ably demonstrated. Glasgow’s Hubbert – guitar virtuoso, bleak-banter peddler, creator of the ‘will play for food’ scheme – captured our hearts with his fancy fretwork on debut LP First & Last.

Joe Howe
Synthesizer maestro, proud geek and prolific to boot, Joe Howe not only plays a part in Gay Against You, Germlin and Ben Butler and Mousepad, he also found the time to collaborate with alt-pop legend Momus (album title: Joemus – of course). Expect the best-sounding synth music you’ve never heard before and whatever else he damn well feels like.

Ryan in Macedonia

October 19, 2010

Tell your friends! – Ryan van Winkle and Faruk Šehi in Skopje

I’ve been kindly invited to read poems with a great bunch of international writers. Why not take a trip and come see us. Macedonia is  beautiful this time of year.

27th October, 2010
, Skopje

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. The writers will then be travelling on to Istanbul for Word Empress’s anniversary events.

You can read some of the Macedonian writers’ work in English, French and German translation in the current issue of Transcript, Literature Across Frontier’s online magazine.

Oct. 20 – 2010 – Open Door vs The Golden Hour

October 18, 2010

THE GOLDEN HOUR!  Year of Open Doors Party!

October 20th, 2010
Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Pl
Free! Free! Free! (byob)


Sophie Cooke – will not hurt you.

Kevin MacNeil – gets behind the method actor’s mask.

Doug Johnstone – actually doesn’t mind the taste of soap, thank you very much.


Caro Bridges – music + words = songs

Small Feet Little Toes – a solo acoustic performance – strum strum, sing sing

White Heath – brings the heavy metal thunder!

We open doors for YOU!

Poetry Month in Newington Library…

October 11, 2010

From Tuesday the 19th of October, Newington Library will be my poetic home away from home.

I’ll be semi-based in Newington Library hosting free poetic events and workshops! You can come and meet your Reader in Residence on 19 October or join our Nothing But the Poem workshop on 2 December at 19.00. The month will also feature a display with my favourite poetry collection and a reading with myself and the beautiful Andrew Philip. 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!

Meet Your Reader in Residence

Tue. 19 Oct 16.00 – 18.00

Ryan Van Winkle is Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh City Libraries. He is also a working poet who’s work has appeared in Northwords Now, New Writing Scotland and The American Poetry Review. His first book is due out from Salt in November and is titled, ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here’.

Poems Aloud

Thurs. 21 Oct. 10.45 – 11.45

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.

An Evening of Poems…

Tue. 23 Nov. 19.00 – 20.00

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.

Nothing But the Poem

Thurs. 2 Dec 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.

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


Nothing But The Poem – Free – Forest

October 6, 2010

October 10: A Free Poetry Discussion For Everyone!

10 October, 20 November, 11 December — The Forest, 3 Bristo Place — 2pm

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.