Praise for ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here’

June 25, 2011

And Now… Some Shameless Self-Promotion

I’ve been delighted that my Crashaw-Prize winning début has been earning glowing reviews over the past six months. My work has been compared to: Bill Callahnan, William Faulker, Mark Twain, Cormac McCarthy, Walt Whitman, Gary Snyder, Charles SimicEdward Hopper, Barry Lopez, A.R. Ammons, Carson McCullers and Bruce Springsteen. The latter is my own damned fault and the rest are pretty ridiculous but certainly flattering. Here’s some choice excerpts which, I hope, will encourage you to go ahead and gamble on this little book of mine.

‘this collection seems to be at the forefront of a shift to something new, it is on the way to a perfection of some new movement…’
– The Glasgow Review

Most recently Isabel Galleymore at Eyewear said:

John Glenday is right to link Van Winkle’s poems to paintings of Edward Hopper’s, and it is possible to extend this comparison to the voyeurism inherent to Hitchcock’s Rear Window (a poem such as ‘The Apartment’ makes this clear just from its form on the page). Yet Van Winkle’s insight into natural, cultural and social processes finds him surprisingly comparable to writers such as Barry Lopez and A. R. Ammons when he describes, at the end of ‘Retrieving the Dead’, how one should ‘lift the soldiers up, try not to breathe till they’re tossed/into our trenches of tea bags, messed diapers, spare parts.’ Indeed, Van Winkle’s poems are not static portraits of men and women framed in windows or doorways, but poems with characters that move within their environments and which, with their histories, move the reader.

Find out why Gutter Magazine called this collection an ‘ incandescent book to keep at your bedside for dark winter nights.’


Finally, The Naughty Boys

June 16, 2011

The Naughty Boys

* computers vs drums vs loops vs spoken words *

Friday, June 24 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Neu Reekie 6

Scottish Books Trust, Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street

£5 / 4

Friends, once a year the elusive and enigmatic Naughty Boys take the stage and with the best of intentions —  to create improvised electro po-noize.  Poems vs computers vs drums vs salvaged keyboards and whatever else we can find. You will come. The Naughty Boys are:  * DanSeizure on keys and computer loop. * Stevie Paterson on keys and percussion noises. * Ryan Van WinkleSpoken Words.


June Golden Hour – Full Frontal

June 15, 2011

The Golden Hour

22 June, 8pm, The Forest, Edinburgh

Free. BYOB.

Ladies and gentlemen — join us for the first in the final trilogy of monthly Golden Hour Events. We promise the usual melange of zesty new words, honourable music and visual rubbish all in a beautiful space. Bring yourself. Bring friends. Bring booze. This is a night we can not prepare you for.  Words from: Tracey Emerson (The Short-Story Doctor is In!), Richie McCaffrey (young poems with a familial lustre) & Gavin BowdWith Music From:  BenOfficial (electro art performance for which you are all woefully unprepared), Doug Johnstone (acoustic and solo and acoustic and alone), & Jade and the Jacks – Pure, relentless, funky fun. You will hot up.



My Poems on Word Express

June 13, 2011

Four Poems

I sometimes get to travel and work with the dozens of other international poets who are part of the Word Express adventure. They run a great website full of new, young voices from all over the ‘EuroMed’. The site includes work from Turkey, Bosnia, Macedonia and Israel. For those of you who seek talent — go visit the Word Express site. I gaurentee you’ll find something to provoke, to contemplate, to entertain. For those of you looking for my poems — you can find them here.

Poems featured include the unpublished ‘I Do Not Want Rain For Rain,’ the familiar ‘Darkness on the Edge of Toast’ and excepts from my book ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here‘. If you like the poems please buy the book. It helps. If you don’t like the poems — keep exploring. There’s something great with just a few clicks. Click. Click. Click.

Reel Festivals’ Golan Haji

June 12, 2011

Golan Haji on the Podcast


One of the highlights of the Reel Festivals trip to Lebanon was getting to work and learn from Golan Haji. Golan, who lives in Syria, is a sensitive translator; a subtle, brave and unique poet. I interviewed him while we were in Beirut as we didn’t know if his visa for the UK would come through in time. At the time of the interview we were both keenly aware of the protests taking place in Syria. With this in mind — I hope you give a listen to this thoughtful voice. You can find more poetry, music, videos and blogs on the Reel Festivals site.

Ryan x

Listen Here:


Syrian poet Golan Haji joins Ryan in Beirut as part of the cultural collaboration festival of poetry, film and music Reel Festivals. They take some time out to chat about about poetry, translation, borders and politics.

Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Incidental music by Ewen Maclean. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine and@anonpoetry.



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About Golan Haji

Golan HajiGolan Haji is a Syrian poet, with a postgraduate degree in pathology. He has published a number of books includingCalled in Darkness (2004), which won the ‘Al-Maghut’ prize in poetry, and Someone Sees You as a Monster (2008). His next collection, My Cold Faraway Home, will be published in Autumn 2011.  He has also translated various works into Arabic including the Scottish classic – Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He lives in Damascus.



And Check Out

Andrew Philip’s blog from our poetry reading at the SPL. I’m grateful he summed up such a powerful reading in such a elegant way.



Poems for Allen

June 11, 2011

Starry Rhymes: 85 Years of Allen Ginsberg


My poem, indebted to Allen Ginsberg’s ‘America‘ (when will you send you eggs to India?), appears alongside many fine others in Read This Press’ limited edition chapbook. It is a great pleasure to be among so many international writers and friends celebrating one of my favourite influences. I should name some of the brilliant poets in this collection but then I would have to name them all. So, I’ll just say — buy the book. It looks great and the word on the street is — If you dig Allen, you’ll dig this. Go here and look for Allen’s face. He’ll sort you out.

Ryan Goes Electric

June 10, 2011

Electric Tales

* storytellers and comedians come together like kittens in a box. But not cruel. *

14 June, 8.30pm

The Stand, Edinburgh — £4 / 3


It is not often I get to read in a comedy club. Yet, here I will be. Reading poems at the legendary Stand. A stage which has featured Daniel Kitson. Everyday I get closer. I’ll be doing a chatty poetry set. While I’ve been trying to trim the intros, it seems like this one requires a bit o’ banter. Come along if you like that kind of thing. Also performing: Fiona Herbert, Las Zorras, Liz Ely and Me.




















Brian Holton Podcast

June 9, 2011

Brian Holton on Yang Lian


Interviewing the Chinese poet Yang Lian’s thoughtful translator — Brian Holton — was a fantastic experience for me. Translating, I feel, is an art equal to the creation of a poem and – also – it is act that requires more faith, more worry, and more risk if you ‘get it wrong’. Holton’s translations are sensitive, imaginitve and creatively solve the problems inherent in working between two very different languages and styles. His ability to capture Yang Lian’s voice is illustrated here in this podcast. It was an absoloute pleasure to sit with Brian and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

— Ryan


We chat with the illuminating Brian Holton at the StAnza poetry festival in St Andrews. He gives us the chance to hear some of his superb translations into English and Scots of the Chinese poet Yang Lian and he discusses translation, ideas of exile and the evolution of modern Chinese poetry with Reader in Residence Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine Music by Ewen Maclean. Mail:



There is a Method, Man

June 6, 2011

David Briggs on the Podcast

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David Briggs visits the SPL Podcast on the first stop on his Virtual Book Tour for ‘The Method Men”. David is a great guy and poet and was kind enough to read at the Golden Hour when we were in Bristol a while back. If you want to hear something new, something good —

Have a Listen:

“Ryan chats to Bristol based poet David Briggs about selling his blood, new age travellers, owning his own bar and the intricacies of assembling a poetry collection. Featuring readings from David’s book The Method Men, published by Salt.”

Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Incidental music by Ewen Maclean. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine and @anonpoetry.



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About David Briggs

David Briggs was born in 1972, and grew up in the New Forest. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, and has placed poems in magazines (print and online), including Poetry Life, Poetry Wales, Agenda Broadsheets, Limelight, The Guardian and Notes From the Underground. His work has also featured as a Showcase in Magma, in the anthology Reactions 5, edited by Clare Pollard, and on BBC Radio Bristol. He gained a commendation in the 2007 National Poetry Competition, and four poems were selected for the Bloodaxe anthology Identity Parade, edited by Roddy Lumsden. In the hours between sitting down to write, he is Head of English at the Grammar School in Bristol.

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The Method Men
by David Briggs 

Salt Publishing, 2010

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Identity Parade (Bloodaxe Books) Identity Parade
edited by Roddy Lumsden 

Bloodaxe Books, 2010

New British and Irish poetry at a time of great vibrancy and variety.

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