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Ryan in Conversation with Alasdair Gray

September 1, 2014

I was hugely pleased and honoured to chair a conversation with a unique and committed artist and writer, Alasdair Gray. You can hear the whole conversation on the Edinburgh International Book Festival website, or if you’d prefer, you can take a two-dimensional vision at us in action on the wonderful artist Grace Wilson’s website. What a pleasure to be so colourful. There will soon be an edited version of that conversation, keep your eyes peeled.

Ryan is all over the Edinburgh International Book Festival

July 29, 2014

I’ll be chairing two events and reading at two more this year at the EIBF. Great to be back in sunny Charlotte Square!

SYRIA SPEAKS: AN EVENING OF RESISTANCE & CELEBRATION

Tue 12 Aug 9:00pm – 11:00pm — The Guardian Spiegeltent

Reel Festivals presents Syria Speaks, a celebration of contemporary Syrian writing and music. With readings from Samar Yazbek’s Pinter Prize-winning war diaries and Malu Halasa’s sly (but not shy) Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie, this event highlights the humour, resilience and strength of Syrian art, even in these most challenging times. Through the poetry of Golan Haji, the adventures of novelist Robin Yassin-Kassab, and the storytelling and songs of the irrepressible Raast Collective, Syria Speaks will make you laugh, cry and maybe even dance.

GRAY: THE COLOUR OF SCOTLAND (Chair)

Wed 13 Aug 1:30pm – 2:30pm — Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Of Me and Others is as close to Alasdair Gray’s autobiography as we are likely to get. Described by its editor Alistair Braidwood as ‘ribald, humorous, angry and incisive’, this new tome by one of Scotland’s literary superstars describes his meetings with authors such as Anthony Burgess, and explains how he went about writing his masterpiece Lanark and recent Faust adaptation, Fleck.

A STAR IS FINALLY BORN (Chair)

Sat 16 Aug 9:30pm – 10:30pm — Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Faber and Faber is world famous for publishing the giants of poetry. Now, with My Prefect Cousin, Faber offers us the poems of cult poet Paul Hamilton. His cousin, the renowned comedy actor Kevin Eldon, has pieced together Hamilton’s story, the man once described by the Poetic Literary Review as ‘a diabolical libertarian’. Join Eldon as he charts the rollercoaster ride of a life dedicated to verse.

RALLY AND BROAD

Mon 25 Aug 9pm – 11pm — Guardian Spiegeltent

The Edinburgh Cabaret of Words, Music & Lyrical Delights comes to the Book Festival! Details to follow…

A Bird is Not A Stone

June 3, 2014

Please join us for the Edinburgh launch of A Bird is Not a Stone, a groundbreaking anthology of Palestinian poetry translated into the languages of Scotland. 

The collection features by 25 contemporary Palestinian poets and as many Scots writers, including the makar Liz Lochhead, Costa Award winner Kathleen Jamie and Guardian Fiction Prize winner Alasdair Gray.

The evening will include readings of poems from the collection in both the original and translations by Liz Lochhead, Abla Oudeh, Liz Niven, Harry Giles, Rachel McCrum and Ryan Van Winkle.

More information on the book can be found here.

What: Edinburgh Launch of A Bird is not a Stone

Where: Looking Glass Books, 3 Porters Walk, Edinburgh

When: Tuesday 3 June, 6pm

How Much: FREE

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