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Ryan reads at Hear Hare Here #5

November 12, 2017

I’ll be reading this Thursday 16 November, 6.30pm at Golden Hare Books‘ poetry series Hear Hare Here, alongside Jonathan Bay and Rachel Rankin, hosted by Golden Hare’s own poet and bookseller Alice Tarbuck. Tickets are £5, hope to see you there.

Ryan Van Winkle is a poet, editor and live artist living in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner and The American Poetry Review. As a member of Highlight Arts he has organised festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. www.ryanvanwinkle.com

Jonathan Bay, a Creative Writing PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. He has been published in The Inkwell, Hearts and Minds, Gutter and most recently won the Jupiter Artland Inspired to Write competition. He enjoys travelling.

Rachel Rankin is a poet from Coatbridge who currently lives in Edinburgh, where she is a student on the MSc Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. She has had both poetry and book reviews published in a variety of journals , including Gutter, Antiphon, The Riveter and on the Scottish Review of Books’ website following her participation in their inaugural Emerging Critics Mentoring Programme. Rachel was shortlisted for the annual Jane Martin Poetry Prize organised by Girton College at the University of Cambridge in 2017 and is a recipient of a Dewar Arts Award, which is being used to fund her postgraduate studies. As well as this, Rachel has performed her work and competed in competitions both nationally and internationally. You can find her on Twitter at @rakelrank.

Ryan hosts Five Simmer: A Night of Poetry and Flavour

November 11, 2017

This Friday 17 Novemeber, Claire Askew, Jo Clifford, Christine De Luca and Harry Giles will give readings matched with four dishes in collaboration with Edinburgh Food Studio, for the newest installment of the Simmer reading and dining series.

The dinner costs £45 per person, with an optional drinks pairing of £35 with drinks chosen to match the menu, and, of course, the poems. Dinner is served at 8pm and guests are welcomed to join us from 7:30pm onwards. You can book your tickets here.

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This unique collaboration series between food & poetry will use flavour, scent, and colour in response to some of Scotland’s most distinct voices. A delicious evening which will touch all of your senses.

Hosted by Salitre award winning poet  Ryan Van Winkle, ‘Simmer’ pairs four poets with dishes carefully selected & prepared to illuminate and echo their work. Readings will be from Claire Askew, Christine DeLuca, Jo Clifford, and Harry Giles.

Photo by  Sally Jubb Photography

Photo by  Sally Jubb Photography

Claire Askew’s debut poetry collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the 2016 Saltire First Book Award, the 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, and the 2017 Michael Murphy Memorial Award.  Claire is also a novelist, and her debut novel — winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize — is forthcoming from Hodder & Stoughton in August 2018.  Claire is the current Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh-based Christine De Luca writes in English and Shetlandic, her mother tongue.  She was Edinburgh’s Makar for 2014-2017.  Besides children’s stories and a novel, she has had seven poetry collections and four bi-lingual volumes published (French, Italian, Icelandic and Norwegian) and participated in festivals e.g. in Canada, India, France, Norway and Iceland.  

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Jo Clifford is a playwright, poet, performer and teacher who is also a proud father and grandmother. She is the author of about 90 plays, many of which have been performed all over the world. 

Work this year includes “The House of Bernarda Alba” (Graeae and Royal Exchange, Manchester), “War in America” (Attic Collective). She has also been performing her “Gospel According to Jesus Queen Of Heaven” and the play continues to tour Brazil in a Portuguese translation. She has just returned from Uruguay and Argentina where the play is touring in Spanish. In the summer she performed “EVE”, which she co-wrote with Chris Goode, during the Edinburgh Fringe at the Traverse Theatre and the at the Citizens in Glasgow in a National Theatre of Scotland production. She is currently writing a new play for Manchester’s Royal Exchange.

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Harry Giles is from Orkney and lives in Edinburgh. Their latest publication is the collection Tonguit from Freight Books, shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. They were the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion, co-direct the live art platform ANATOMY, and have toured participatory theatre across Europe and Leith. www.harrygiles.org

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If the previous iteration of Simmer is anything to go by, it will be a surefire success, and a joy for all. The dinner costs £45 per person, with an optional drinks pairing of £35 with drinks chosen to match the menu, and of course, the poems. Dinner is served at 8pm and guests are welcomed to join us from 7:30 onwards.

Ryan on Latvian TV

September 15, 2017

Sometimes one finds a version of oneself on Latvian National Television discussing poetry workshops in Riga with a new name and a surprisingly rich Latvian voice.

With Latvia’s International Writers and Translators House & Literature Across Frontiers we’ll be reading the results of our workshops at The Nice Place TELPA on Saturday 16 September at 18.00.

 

 

Ryan reads at Poetic Fall in Druskininkai, Lithuania

September 10, 2017

From Wednesday 4 – Monday 9 October, I’ll be in Druskininkai, Lithuania, for the Poetic Fall festival. I’ll be reading and some poems will be translated and published for an anthology commemorating the 2017 festival.

Ryan judges the Wigtown Poetry Competition

September 9, 2017

On Saturday 30 September I’ll be in Wigtown for two events around the Wigtown Poetry Competition 2017. At 1.30pm I’ll be in The Print Room for a reading and conversation with Matthew Fitt and Myles Campbell, the judges of the Scots Language and Scottish Gaelic categories respectively. And at 6pm we’ll be back in The Print Room to announce the winners. Hope to see you there.

Ryan hosts a schools workshop and poetry jukebox on Jura

September 7, 2017

On Thursday 28 September I’ll be running two events on Jura, as part of the Islay Book Festival. The first is a workshops for schoolkids at Small Isles Primary School in Craighouse, from 2.15-3.15pm, followed by Poets Aloud at Jura Care Centre, in which I take requests for poems from the audience, from 3.30-4.30pm.

Ryan in Riga for Translation Workshops

September 5, 2017

From Monday 11 to Sunday 17 September I’ll be in Riga, facilitating a poetry translation workshop with four UK poets and four Latvian poets.

I’ll also be doing a writing workshop in a local high-school, sharing workshop skills with a Latvian counterpart.

We’ll be performing at the NicePlace on 16 September at 18:00 as part of Riga’s Poetry Days Festival.

 

 

British participants are:

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The workshop is organized & supported by Latvia’s International Writers and Translators House, the Latvia Publishers Associatio, the Latvian Literature platform and is a part of the Literary Europe Live project.

Ryan at Station Literature 22 in Poland

September 4, 2017

This Saturday 9 September I’ll be in a panel discussion representing Highlight Arts at the Station Literature 22 festival in Stronie Śląskie and Sienna, Poland.

We’ll be discussing, among other things, ways to engage audiences with poetry & literature through music, one-to-one performances, and the special relationships fostered though Highlight Arts’ translation workshops in places like Pakistan, Iraq and Syria.

Ryan helps the Forest Fringe to Pass the Torch

July 27, 2017

On Friday 11 August, 9pm, an array of filmmakers, musicians and poets will perform at the Cameo cinema to celebrate a decade of art and to look forward to beginning of something new. The event is free, on a pay what you can basis, we all hope to see you there.

This is a live performance, tickets are free and the artist will be collecting donations on a pay as you wish basis at the end of the show. 

This is goodbye, for now. Forest Fringe is leaving the Edinburgh Festival to try out some new adventures elsewhere. This is our goodbye party and in the spirit of the last ten years we hope it will be big, free, eclectic, eccentric, frequently chaotic and occasionally, unexpectedly, very beautiful. Come for film, music, performance, drinks and weirdness with artists including Double Pussy Clit F*ck, Foxy & Husk, Ira Brand, Julia Taudevin, H Giles, Louise Orwin, Richard DeDomenici, Ryan Van Winkle, Tim Etchells and Tom Parkinson, with more to be announced very soon. 

Just as importantly, this event is our attempt to raise some money for another group of artists to create their own space at the festival, just as we did over a decade ago. A passing of the torch. A long drawn-out goodbye and a hope for the beginning of something very new.

Ryan performs at Decagram: Good Little Gods

July 26, 2017

Next Sunday 6 August from 9pm I’ll be reading live at Decagram, 119 Constitution Street, Leith. I’ll be joined by the musicians Esther Swift and Atzi, who’ll provide an improvised soundtrack. It’s a free show, and the night will conclude with a set from Esther Swift and Paul Archibald. Hope to see you there.

Poetry set to an improvised live soundtrack. Written and performed by Edinburgh-based, award-winning poet Ryan van Winkle (Saltire 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award) with devised and improvised musical accompaniment from Esther Swift (BBC Radio 2/Radio 6 Music), Atzi (BAFTA Scotland winner 2016) and special guests soon to be confirmed.

Tonight Ryan will perform four excerpts of his catalogue including brand new work not yet public, as well as works-in-progress of which this session will form part of the final development.

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The event will culminate with a set from Esther Swift and drummer Paul Archibald.

As a free entry, intimate Sunday night, this is an ideal opportunity to see some of the most eminent poetry and music improvisation the city currently offers.

RYAN VAN WINKLE
http://www.ryanvanwinkle.com/

Ryan is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh.

His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, The American Poetry Review, AGNI and Best Scottish Poems 2015. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016.

Van Winkle has also been Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries following a successful run as the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever Reader in Residence.

With Highlight Arts and the Edinburgh International Book Festival he brought Pakistani and Scottish artists together for performances in Edinburgh, Lewis & Harris. He founded a new collective of Edinburgh-based artists & musicians known as Far Yella. Ryan created & hosted a ‘Poetry Bingo’. He also founded Simmer – a night of poetry & flavour with the Edinburgh Food Studio which was covered on BBC Scotland & in Fine Dining Lovers. With the musician Hailey Beavis they created two extravagant ‘Literary Happenings’ called ‘WHITE‘ & ‘BoneDigger‘ under The Golden Hour presents umbrella. He was invited to read at the Pompidou Centre as well as at Shakespeare & Company.

His critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the Crashaw Prize. Eyewear magazine wrote ‘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.’ While The Glasgow Review said: ‘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 Scotsman said of Van Winkle’s second collection, The Good Dark, the collection, ‘hits home like a punch to the sternum’ and Magma described it as ‘the ultimate break-up collection, a kind of Lonely Planet guide to Heartbreak – a land with unexpected restorative qualities.’

Ryan remains a member of The Forest and Edinburgh-based arts collective where he first met many of the artists & organizers he works with today. The Forest is home to many doers and gave birth to The Golden Hour — a sprawling monthly literary cabaret and publishing endeavour which existed between September 2006 – December 2012. In over 6 years The Golden Hour toured the UK & Europe, released more than two dozen chapbooks, an illustrated encyclopedia and two anthologies of new writing & music. They remain the best of times.

ESTHER SWIFT
https://www.estherswift.co.uk/

Likened to Kate Bush, Eddie Reader and Joanna Newsom, singer-songwriter and harpist Esther Swift is an up and coming musician in the Scottish folk music scene. Whilst being heavily influenced by her folk roots, Esther’s music also combines jazz, blues and minimalist references. With a passion for pushing the boundaries of folk and classical harp music she has become a prolific song writer. A deep love of Scotland, the Scottish Borders (where Esther grew up) and nature continually inspire and influence her music; the songs of her new EP ‘The Mairches’ which features cojon, string quartet and trumpet, are based on her life growing up in The Scottish Borders.

Esther’s music has been aired on BBC Radio 2 (with Jimi Goodwin), Radio 3 (Late Junction and World on 3) and Radio 6 (Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour) and she has appeared at many festivals including Edinburgh International Festival, Wales International Harp Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, Buxton Fringe Festival, Other Voices Festival and Bromyard Folk Festival. She has also made guest appearances with Cherry Ghost on their new album ‘Herd Runners’, with the Loud Poets and regularly collaborates with singer David Douglas. Esther has toured extensively across the UK and won the Deutsche Bank Award in 2013 with her duo Twelfth Day.

Esther plays as a solo harpist/singer, in three duos; Twelfth Day with Catriona Price (fiddle/vocals) Esther Swift & David Douglas, and Swift & Lindop with Jennie Lindop (Horn). She also plays with CLOUDS harp quartet with Elfair Grug Dyer, Rebecca Mills and Angelina Warburton. In all of these guises Esther writes original material which is enthralling, enchanting and beautiful. Her music is rarely written down which brings freedom and intimacy to performances. At only age 28 Esther has an impressive discography, and an exciting future ahead.

ATZI
http://www.atzi.co.uk/

Atzi Muramatsu is a Japanese composer living in Glasgow, UK. He studied contemporary composition under Professor Nigel Osborne at the University of Edinburgh, and attained MMus Composition in 2012. Since then his works encompassed wide range of scores that have accompanied a multiplicity of arts genres, such as contemporary dance, poetry, painting, and films. Atzi is a leading member of a contemporary string quartet Lipsync for a Lullaby and a regular cellist in ambitious amateur orchestras in Scotland. His commercial commitments have begun to flourish after composing the original score for ‘The Making of Long Bird’, winner of the Best Short Animation Awards at BAFTA 2013. He continues to perform with various experimental and improvising groups across the UK, and became a member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra in 2015. He wrote original score for a short film ‘Monkey Love Experiments’, which won BAFTA Scotland Best Short Award as well as BAFTA 2015 nomination. In 2016 he won the Best Composer Award at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards for his work on a short film ‘The Violinist’. His field of work extends to sound design, audio recording/post-production with acute knowledge of the industry having worked as Events Manager at Tentracks Music Subscription Ltd., supporting widening access initiatives as Transitions 20/40 Administrator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and coordinating innovative education programmes as SCO Connect Officer at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

 

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