Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel

July 31, 2012

An Intimate Poetry Performance

4 – 24 August, Summerhall

Box Office: 0845 874 3001

“Red Like Our Room Used To Feel” is an intimate poetry performance from Ryan Van Winkle. It is an audio voyage featuring melodies from Ragland.


It is a red room to lay down in. An art installation with paintings , photographs and ephemera from a host of artists. It is joy, memory and loss condensed into fifteen minutes. A cup of tea, a snifter of port, and a space to listen.

 August 4 – 24 (except Wednesdays)

Performances every 20 minutes from:

2 – 4m

5 – 7pm




Box Office: 0845 874 3001

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Poem on the Istanbul Review

July 17, 2012

The Istanbul Review

Read ‘Untitled (Howe)’ online

in the Istanbul Review

I was very happy to have my poem chosen as ‘Poem of the Month’ for the Istanbul Review. Aside from reminding me of They Might Be Giants, the Istanbul Review is a fine supporter of emerging artists and writers and is one of those necessary magazines which we should all be thankful for.


The poem – Untitled – (but with a quote from Marie Howe) is one of those strange poems which burst out. I like the sea, I like looking at it, I like writing about it, and yes – I too think it is a useless teacher – and an exhausted metaphor. Yet, here we are again. Another poem about the sea. Soon, another song about the rain.  Enjoy the poem here (and remember to check out the rest of the magazine.)



Ryan on LushTV

July 16, 2012

Balls Howled on LushTV


In July I attended Lush Fest. A gathering of employees and friends of the greatest smelling company in the world. It was also one of the best-smelling, if not wettest festivals I’d even attended. However, despite only having a pair of flip-flops for footware, I and everyone there, had a great time. Here’s a glimpse of my poetry reading. A little collage poem from the day’s headlines. Some worked better than others as “poetry” but everybody had a good time and no one got hurt.





Stirling: The Golden Hour

July 13, 2012

The Golden Hour: Stirling, The Junk Rooms

When: Wednesday, July 18, 7pm

Where: The Junk Rooms, 17 Friars Street



Ladies and gentlemen, friends and lovers, kings and pawns — The Golden Hour returns to Scotland!

Join us for new words, blistering, blissful music and visual rubbish all in a beautiful space — The Junk Rooms, Stirling.



Ewan Morrison: Gets his malls out. Heartbreaking, provocative, true tales and tall prophecies from the Nostradamus of Glasgow.

Chris Powici: Always points true north. The poetic compass nails us for the billionth time.

Rachel McCrum: was almost a doctor. But now she just heals. You don’t need a paper to tell which way the wind blows.


Hailey Beavis: Like a lucky piece of gum found under your desk which still has lots of flavour. But that is not why we love her — we love her songs. If you haven’t — see her now because you deserve it. If you have — we know you are already here with us. Maybe she still uses a myspace:

Billy Liar: Might just rock your face off. Or, he might cuddle the crap out of you. We can never tell — but please, for your own safety, don’t just sit there like bloodless Cambridge slugs. Clap, jeer, spit, whoop or cream but for god’s sake — feel something. Or don’t. We like him when he’s angry.


My Favourite Place: Free Workshops!

July 11, 2012

Free Workshops!

My Favourite Place

Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland are collecting your stories about your favourite place in Scotland.

Write a story, poem, song, letter, diary entry or sketch about the place in Scotland you love most and it could be published in a book or broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland! 

I’ll be hosting three workshops around Scotland and am looking forward to visiting some of my favourite places and talking about yours with you. We’ll do some writing, some sharing, some laughing. If you would like to come along here are the details:

  • Saturday 21 July: Dundee Central Library, Dundee, 1pm – with Ryan Van Winkle
  • Saturday 28 July: Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh, 11am – with Ryan Van Winkle
  • Thursday 2 August, Burns Monument Centre, Kilmarnock, 2pm – with Ryan Van Winkle

I hope to see you there! To book your place, phone (0131 524 0170) or e-mail My Favourite Place ( with your contact details and the details of which workshop you would like to attend.