Poem in my Pocket

I excited to say that I’ll be appearing at the Storytelling Festival on 31 October. Yes, that’s right – Halloween – which means if you come dressed as either me or Robyn Marsack (the Director of the SPL who I’ll be speaking alongside) you’ll get a free prize!ryan_library

Here’s what the programme says we’ll be doing:

“An informal talk with Robyn Marsack, the Scottish Poetry Library’s Director and Ryan Van Winkle, Reader in Residence for the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh City Libraries, about their respective journeys both to Scotland from their native lands, and as readers. The two will also explore the influence of the poems they have brought with them from their homes and the ones they have picked up along the way.”

So, I’ll be sharing some ex-pat stories as well as some of my favourite American poems. I’ll probably even read a couple of my own.

When: 31 Oct, 2pm

Where: The Scottish Storytelling Centre, The High Street

How much: from £2 – here.

And, if you wish to follow me around — I’ll be reading at the amazing Electric Cafe “Dead Civilized Caberat” the same night. I’m on the bill with local favourites like Black Cat, St. Jude’s Infirmary, and Joe Acheson Quartet. I’ll be wearing my mask.