Podcast is the Word

I have been woefully inadaquate in hyping the Scottish Poetry Library on my website. This is a shame because of the sheer breadth and scope of talent on display in these conversations and readings. We’ve got poets from New Zealand, Malta, America, the Scottish Isles and Britain. We talk nationalism with Donny O’Rourke, Occupy Wall Street with Matthew Zapreder, cynicism with Matthew Dickman, politics and small communities with Gabrielle Calvocoressi and life with Sarah Broom. I’ve learned something new with every interview and they provide food for thought and poems to inspire, sometimes advice. Thanks to all who sat patiently through my questions — I enjoyed every chat and hope you, dear listener, will too. Dip in and tell us what you think. Click on a name to hear the podcast and don’t forget to subscribe – for free – via Itunes or RSS. Ryan

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Portrait of the poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Gabrielle Calvocoressi reads from and discusses poems from her collections The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing.

Joseph Lease

Photograph of the poet Joseph Lease
San Francisco’s Joseph Lease talks about the Beats, the Renaissance, and his own poetry.

Literature Across Frontiers: Ian Stephen

Photograph of the poet Ian Stephen
We catch up with poet Ian Stephen from the Isle of Lewis.

Literature Across Frontiers: Adrian Grima

Portrait of the poet Adrian Grima
We chat with Maltese poet Adrian Grima.

Young Dawkins

We catch up with Young Dawkins, winner of the 2011 Scottish Slam Championship.

Alastair Cook and Ken Cockburn

The Road North poem in landscape
Collaborative projects involving poetry with other art forms provides the focus of this week’s episode.

Talking with Donny O’Rourke

Donny O'Rourke
Poet, musician, editor and broadcaster Donny O’Rourke talks about Scottish poetry, Scottish identity and Scottish nationalism with Ryan Van Winkle.

Ian Wedde

Ian Wedde
We chat with the New Zealand Poet Laureate Ian Wedde.

Holiday Season 2011: Syria, Lebanon and Scotland at Reel Festivals

Keeping it Reel
Highlights from a series of events centred around writers and artists from Lebanon, Syria and Scotland.

Colin Herd

Colin Hind
We chew the cud with poet, editor and critic Colin Herd.
Matthew Zapruder
We talk to poet and translator Matthew Zapruder.

Sarah Broom

Tigers at Awhitu
We catch up with poet Sarah Broom in Auckland to talk about her collection Tigers at Awhitu.

Durs Grünbein, Tom Petsinis & Krikri at StAnza

Our Ryan in Residence gets down to brass tacks with Durs Grünbein, Tom Petsinis and poetry troupe Krikri at StAnza 2011.

Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman
In a special episode from Flagstaff, Arizona, Ryan has a good old jaw with poet Matthew Dickman.