Ryan and Andrew Forster at the SPL

February 26, 2012

A Poetry Association of Scotland Joint: 29 February, SPL

I’ll be doing a little poetry talking at the very nice Poetry Association of Scotland reading. It will be my first Edinburgh reading in something like 6 months and in the very wonderful Scottish Poetry Library, with the very amazing Andrew Forster who I last saw on a train. That last detail was pretty irrelevant. Anyway, Andrew is a very good poet. But don’t take my word for it. Our friend, poet, critic and fan-boy crush Vicki Feaver says his poems have ‘the visual power of paintings’ and the ‘depth and narrative structure of novels’. I will try not to embarrass myself in front of Andrew. You should come too, if only to see me fail.


Photo: Chris Scott



29 February 2012 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT


£7 (concs £5)

The Poetry Association of Scotland presents two poets who write about desire, regret and loss but with a life-affirming warmth and perception. Telling stories full of people and places, exploring  moments of significance and discovery.

Andrew ForsterTerritory (Flambard)
Ryan Van WinkleTomorrow We will Live Here (Salt)


Salon at Literary Dundee

February 25, 2012

Let’s Salon Together — Thursday, 1 March — 17:00 – 19:00

I’ve been invited to Dundee as a guest reader / talker / discusser-of-things for their Salon. It sounds like good fun and a way to meet some new folks in a casual kind of way. If you find yourself in Dundee and want to come along, it would be great to see you there. RVW


“The Salons are like no other ‘Reading’ or ‘Lecture’ or ‘talk’ on offer anywhere else – in Scotland or beyond – breaking down the barriers that all too often inhibit the growth and expression of cultural life for ordinary people.

Instead here is a forum in which everyone’s ideas matter, irrespective of professional background, taste or experience.

1 March
Seasoned poet and performer, Ryan Van Winkle, is the poet in residence for the Scottish Poetry Library. Just returned from a year’s travelling around his homeland of America, Ryan will read some of his exciting work, talk about his journeys and discuss how he has managed to make a career from poems. Join us for an exciting night that is sure to make you think differently about the world of poetry.”



Ryan on Brian Taylor’s Big Debate – 24 February, 2012

February 20, 2012

A long time ago, when I was on live radio with Jed Milroy, I accidentally let the f-word slip about 3 minutes into the conversation. Let’s assume that will not happen when I appear on Brian Taylor’s Big Debate on Friday 24, February. Myself and the illustrious panel will discuss the issues of the day (or the day before) with young people from local schools and colleges and they’ll be asking the questions. I don’t know what the questions will be but I do know the panel. They include: Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale, Rae Cahill (member of the Scottish Youth Parliament), and Conservative MSP Gavin Brown. Tune in at 12:15 to hear me not curse. Definitely not.