Poetry Month at Blackhall Library!

January 31, 2011

From Tuesday the 1st of February Blackhall Library will be my poetic home away from home.

I’ll be semi-based in Blackhall Library hosting free poetic events and workshops! You can come and meet your Reader in Residence on 1 February or join our Nothing But the Poem workshop on 24 February at 14:30. 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!

Meet Your Reader in Residence

Tue. 1 Feb. 16.00 – 17.30

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 collection from Salt is titled, ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here‘.

Poems Aloud

Wed. 16 Feb. 14.30 / Fri. 25 Feb 14.30

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.

Nothing But the Poem

Thurs. 24 Feb. 14.30

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.


Ryan in Amsterdam 28 January

January 21, 2011

Verse Beats — Jan. 28, 2011

Friends in Amsterdam — I’ll be doing a reading alongside a fine stable of international poets at Amsterdam’s ‘The Sugar Factory’.

The gig promises to be 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.


The Sugar Factory, 28 January, 20:00 – 00:00

9 euros (7.50 for students)

January 19th — The Golden Hour 2011!!!

January 17, 2011


January 19th, 2011
Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Pl
Free! Free! Free! (byob)


Juliet Wilson – The Green Poet

Kirsty Logan – unleashes the story.

JL Williams / James Iremonger / Atzi – Experi-Mental PoAmbient Fusion for your soft ears….


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.

See you there!