Australia Poetry Tour

April 27, 2012

Crikey! I’m reading poems in Australia!


After my last, incredibly recent, sojourn to Australia, I never thought I’d be back. I regretted this immensely because I didn’t see a single kangaroo and hardly too any pictures except this triumphant one at the Sydney Opera House. It will be a hard trip to beat since I got to travel, thanks to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, with the superb Emily Ballou and Ewan Morrison, play a Golden Hour style gig at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival with the legendary Christos Tsalkis and watch old friends Andy Hazel and Rapskallion rock the stage. This time, I’m flying solo, and getting out of Melbourne and Sydney. I’m really excited to be appearing at the National Poetry Festival in Darwin and am especially excited about the gig in Canberra (which, I’m told, starts at ‘wine o’clock’!), not to mention the thrill of being at the Clunes Booktown Festival with thousands of other book-lovers, events and talks. So, please, come or tell your friends / family to come if you can’t. Here’s my schedule but I want say sincere thanks to Australian Poetry for inviting me and setting up all these great gigs, Creative Scotland for the funding assistance, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival for introducing to the deep, deep south the first time around.

If you are NOT interested in me being in Australia (and who could blame you) perhaps you’ll enjoy Hugh Jackman crashing into the Sydney Opera House in a zip-line catastrophe….. Wolverine!


10 – 13 May – Wordstorm & National Poetry Festival 2012: A Festival of Australasian Poetry

11.00am: NT open education centre – poetry workshop via video link to remote indigenous schools
12.15pm: panel discussion – ‘ut pictura poesis – the aesthetics of poetry’
1.00pm: reading – my poems and maybe some ‘covers’
5.30pm: comedy debate – ‘sonnets are better than sex’

Monday, 7 May – The Manning Clark House, Canberra — 19.30

a lovely informal space where I’ll read as many of your poems as I like with room for questions, jokes, heckling, and wine sipping. I expect an enthusiastic evening.

Saturday 5 May – Clunes Booktown Festival — Writer’s Workshop — 11am:

in which I’ll be hosting an informal writer’s group. We’ll be looking at Scottish poetry and creating our own poems.

My appearances in Australia have been partly funded by the generous support of Creative Scotland. Myself and the Wordstorm / National Poetry Festival gratefully acknowledge this integral support.



Aberdeen, It Has Been A While

April 11, 2012

Hello Aberdeen, Hello Poetry

The fine folks at ‘Hello Poetry’ and the wizard, Rapunzel Wizard, have a mega-show for you. It is called ‘Demented Eloquence’ and it is massive. I’m looking forward to seeing Rapunzel again and, of course, being up in Aberdeen where people have always been super kind and supportive. Here’s the deal:

Saturday, 14 April, 20:30 — Demented Eloquence — Cellar 35, Aberdeen, £4: ANDREW FERGUSON, DUFFY, RYAN VAN WINKLE,  GRAHAM BRODIE, ROBIN CAIRNS, and, of course, RAPUNZEL WIZARD!


Verses and lines that will make you laugh, make you cry, and say something to you about your life, featuring top names in spoken word performance.

This month: Poetry and prose from Andrew Ferguson and Hello Poetry.

is from Glenrothes and is a member of Writers’ Bloc. He recites poems and spins tales from the daft to the dark.
“All the energy and vigour of early Irvine Welsh, but with far more humour and nuance.” – The Scotsman

Are touring Scotland. The aim to get differing performer on stage together, and bring poets to places they don’t normally recite. For our night in Aberdeen we have the poetic cream of the Central Belt.

DUFFY: is a performance poet and prime mover behind Hello Poetry. He has also appeared on Channel 4 reciting on a beach in Largs.

RYAN VAN WINKLE: is an American living in Edinburgh. He writes award winning poems and recites them interspersed with sharp patter.

GRAHAM BRODIE: is editor of Whirlpool Press and all-round-poetic wildman.

ROBIN CAIRNS: is a performance poet, who is never happier than when he has an audience laughing – as long as he knows he has something up his sleeve to squeeze a tear out of them soon.

will be you host, settling you into the evening with verses sometime eloquent but always demented.

Plus a limited number of open mic spots for…
Freestylers, Stand up poets, Ranters, M.C.s, Performance Poets, Rhymesters, Rappers, or any other spoken word ne’er-do-wells
Email :
to book your three minutes of fame. First come first served. Silly prize for best performer courtesy of Spar’s bargain bucket…

Plus the audience poem…
Your chance to create a great piece of literature without leaving your seat. Silly prize for best line courtesy of Spar’s aforementioned bargain bucket.


Stirling, How Ya Been?

April 6, 2012

Stirling Session — 15 April, 18:00

Photo: Chris Scott

I’m very pleased to be returning to Stirling after so much time away. I love it there — the trees are the right height and all the lochs and rivers and castles in all the areas, just wonderful, really wonderful. Also — I’ll be reading with the wonderful Claire Askew and Dave Coates. Both of whom are old friends, good poets, and fun drunks. Should be a grand trainride! Yay. Come see us, Stirling. We need you.

Sunday, 15 April — The Junk Rooms, Stirling — 18.00: with the wonderful Claire Askew and Dave Coates.


Ryan in the Red

April 2, 2012

10 Red Reading: 4 April 

I know this: Ten Red is a night of poetry. It happens in the beautiful Victorian Lounge of the Persevere Bar, Easter Road. It is hosted by our friend and poet: Kevin Cadwallender. I suspect it features 10 poets, some of whom are: Kevin Williamson, Young Dawkins, Katherine McMahon, Chris Lindores, Gerry Cambridge, Rachel McCrum, Matt MacDonald, Mira Knoche, Nancy Somerville, Sally Evans, Jenny Lindsay. And me. That’s 12. 10 Red, 2 Blue. Come on down and decide who the blue are. I suspect the evening will be jubilant, poingnant, funny and, on occasion, dirty. I hope you will come along. It will be nice to see you.


10-RED, Wednesday 4 April, 19.00, The Persevere Function Room, Edinburgh. £3.00 entry.