Tis the Season to Have Culture Lasers

December 19, 2012

In an only slightly festive Culture Laser, I chatted to the awesome Alex and Mo of Little Bulb Theatre down at the Battersea Arts Centre, working on a new show, “Orpheus”, which involves a gypsy jazz band, Django Reinhardt and a big old stage. These guys performed in the Forest Fringe way back when, and it’s fantastic to catch up with them. They are funny and droll and you’ll want to befriend them.

We also caught up with sound artist Daniel Jones, who shares with us a fantastic piece, “Because the Moon”, voiced by The Dude with the Voice, Dave Stewart, and based on the dense volume of spam email received in the past year.

And if that wasn’t enough, our friend Robin Grey shares a couple of yuletide tunes with us to warm your heart and cool your nerves.

Check it all out here:

The Golden Hour Holiday ‘Special’ at The Forest Café!

December 9, 2012

The Golden Hour returns to the womb. Which sounds just about as painful as this may be.


Words, Music, Cartoons all in a beautiful space.

Words by:Jane Flett – She has a soft spot for gin, cheese, coffee, and flamingoes.

Lynsey May – Stories which wrap you in a blanket and then squeeze.

Nick Holdstock – Is just lucky to be out of the house.

Music by:

Andy McKay – A very nice man with a banjo. Original satire, old time twang, babies in the morning, a stoop at sunset.

Lake Montgomery – Singersongwriter. Born in Paris, Texas. Lost in Europa.

Turtle Lamone – Piano-playing, Springsteen-influenced, melodic rock with punk ideals.

Hope to see you all in Forest on Sunday the 16th!

Where: The Forest Café, 141 Lauriston Place, Tollcross
When: 7pm – when we fall over
How much: Zero Euro.

Sound Poet Rozalie Hirs on the SPL Podcast

December 6, 2012

During this year’s StAnza Poetry Festival we had the privilege of meeting up with Rozalie Hirs, a Dutch composer of chamber and electroacoustic works, poet, vocalist and even chemical engineer. She mixes sound experiments and poetry, just one of the great things that StAnza specialises in; performances that simply cannot be contained by the page.

In the podcast she shares some of her compositions, and talks about her writing habits, discusses the brain’s capacity for interpreting and processing information in poetry and basically blows our minds. We also include snippets from her pieces in LA and Bridging Babel. You can find out more about Rozalie at her website, and her work is available for purchase on the iTunes and for download on her site. We had a really illuminating conversation, you can check out the whole podcast below.

Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel Is About to Hit the Road

Photo by Peter Dibdin:

It’s only a matter of days until we pack our bags, hop the turnstiles and take our bedroom down to London. That’s right — the only “one-to-one poetry reading in a makeshift bedsit” at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe is heading to the Battersea Arts Centre for a short run in one of the most cutting-edge theatres in the UK, and I hope you can join us there.

In even more amazing news, the good folks at Creative Scotland have agreed to fund our expedition into the wild Southlands, This would have been a really difficult endeavour without their help, and we’re really grateful for their support. This is absolutely one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever had a chance to get off the ground, and I’d love for you to be a part of it. Which you can do if you…

Book Tickets Here

The BAC’s Christmas Cook Up season is epic and exciting and means my little show will be surrounded by scratches, musicals, cabaret, friends like Little Bulb and Josie Long and two stunning productions from the acclaimed Kneehigh theatre. I expect an anything can happen atmosphere similar to the one at Hidden Door, Edinburgh where our show was lucky enough to kick off.

Anyway, if you are in London between 12-15 and 18-22 December you must come see all the treats on display and, please,  pop in for a twenty-minute holiday in a room full of booze and poems. There’s a mug of tea with your name on it.

Red, Like our Room Used to Feel is a rare, intimate, one-to-one poetry reading. Hide away in a cozy bed-sit, among trinkets, ephemera, artworks and an original score. Select your poems, lay back, make yourself at home, enjoy a snifter of port or a spot of Earl Grey, and drink in the specially created atmosphere.

From 12 – 15, 18 – 22 December.

The installation features music from Gareth Warner’s Ragland, paintings, photographs and objets d’art from a host of Edinburgh-based artists, plus Van Winkle’s award-winning poems read by the author. It is joy, memory and loss condensed into a tea break. It is an ambient audio voyage. It is a red room to lay down in, close your eyes and be where you want to be.

Herald Scotland: ***** “A brief oasis of calm, where being read to is a welcome pleasure not often enjoyed beyond childhood.” — Mary Brennan

What: Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel

Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

When: 12 – 15 December & 18 – 22 December, 2012; shows from 6:20 pm (every 20 minutes)

How Much: £5 / 3

Box Office: / 02072232223

Photo by Peter Dibdin:

Ryan Chairs an Evening with Iain Banks

December 4, 2012

This Friday I’ll have the huge privilege of chairing an event with Scottish author Iain Banks at the Strathclyde University as part of the Keith Wright Fellowship Writers Series! It’s on from 5pm in the USSA Debating Theatre, floor 6 of the Student Union building, it is TOTALLY FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

Iain is a really great writer and this is a fab opportunity to come and ask him some questions about his new book and listen to me give him truly probing questions that will reveal his literary secrets to all and sundry. If you’re free in Glasgow and have an early finish from work, I hope to see you there!

What: Iain Banks reading from his new work

Where: USSA Debating Theatre, Student Union Building, Strathclyde University

When: Friday 7 December, 5pm

How Much: Free as a Bird.