Poetry @ The Store, Edinburgh, Sunday 17th April 2011

April 14, 2011

The Store have a great line-up at ‘Poetry at the…’ on Sunday (17th April), well worth turning up for, with a distinct international air.

TravelatorSteven Waling is a poet from Manchester with a growing reputation (one day, he’ll be a grown-up) and several books with his name on them, such as Travelator’ (Salt) and Captured Yes’ (Knives, Forks and Spoons). His work veers from humour to experiment, from serious play to playful seriousness, often in the space of one poem. His work can be found all over the internet, and in his professional work as a creative practitioner has been known to get whole rooms cutting and pasting poems to their heart’s abandon.

Tomorrow we will live hereRyan Van Winkle is Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library. His work has appeared in New Writing Scotland, The American Poetry Review, AGNI and Northwords Now. His first collection, ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here’ was released by Salt last year, and is one of the best books of the last year. He lives in Edinburgh.

Inventing TruthMatthew Stewart has lived in Extremadura, Spain, for the last fifteen years, where he works as the export manager and blender for a local winery. His poetry has been widely published in UK magazines, and Happenstance Press have just brought out ‘Inventing Truth’, his first collection.

MC for the evening will be Rob A Mackenzie, who organises the series and has been published by both HappenStance (2005) and Salt (2009).

As ever, it’s at The Store (formerly the GRV), 35 Guthrie St, Edinburgh (just off Chambers St) from 7.45-9.45pm, on Sunday 17th April, £4, concessions £3. You can find out more and read poems from the readers at

Hey, I hope you can come along to what is sure to be a poetry-packed evening. – R

Edwin Morgan’s Gorgo & Beau

April 11, 2011

Edwin Morgan’s Gorgo & Beau


The lovely Marjory Crooks filmed this ridiculous ‘acting’ out of Edwin Morgan’s Gorgo & Beau. It features myself and the irrepressible Russell Jones. Watch it and mourn what stage and screen has lost. Truly, these two poets are squandering their thespian chops. You can see more of Marjory Crooks work with other poets here. You can find more embarrassing videos with me in them here.


Desert Island Poems — 12 April, 2011

April 8, 2011

Our ‘Desert Island Poems’

12 April, 2011 — 6:30pm

Edinburgh Central Library, Boardroom


Edinburgh’s Reader in Residence, Ryan Van Winkle, and friends share favourite poems in a multimedia extravaganza… performance poet Harry Giles, master of scifi poetry Russell Jones, and SPL’s own Peggy Hughes.

Free, but booking essential – call Annie Bell on 0131 242 8046 or to reserve your place

I hope you can make it along to this special event. We’ll be reading from and showing clips of our favourite poems. Sure to be an eclectic and engaging evening of poetry fun. — R