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Adrift with Screen Bandita Reviewed in The Skinny

March 4, 2014

Kind words in this edition of The Skinny in their review of Adrift @ Summerhall, the AV extravaganza featuring myself and Screen Bandita. Read all those words here.

 

Ryan Joins Hiva Oa at DECAGRAM 1.1

December 5, 2013

I will be performing at Henry’s Cellar Bar Saturday 7 December with our good pals Hiva Oa at DECAGRAM, Ten Tracks Collective’s party night.

The DECAGRAM collective bring you a series of extended Saturday nights with short film and visuals, live music and club in one. Featuring DECAGRAM artists joined by very special guests …
GRNR :: NUMBERS ARE FUTILE :: HIVA OA :: RYAN VAN WINKLE :: ANIA URBANOWSKA :: SMALL FEET LITTLE TOES :: DAVID WHEATLEY :: EUAN MCKENZIE :: TRUDATSOUND :: KEVIN PICKERING :: DUNCAN COWLES

Tiered pricing ensures those most inquisitive for a bit of independent film and audio/visual collaboration (7pm) can stay right through the gig (9pm) to the club night (11pm) for only £3.

Whilst those arriving later for what they prefer about the night don’t pay an arm and a leg (gig £4; club £4/£6).

The headline band for the gig *is* the band for the club night, and plays at 11pm before the club price goes up to £6 (midnight) for the live electronic set and/or DJs.

What: DECAGRAM

When: Saturday 7 December, Short Films kick off at 7pm, Live music at 9, Club at midnight

Where: Henry’s Cellar Bar, 16 Morrison St, Edinburgh, EH3 8BJ

How Much: 7pm tickets £3, 9pm tickets £4, midnight tickets £6/4.

Ryan Is a World Voice in Singapore

September 28, 2013

Shortly after my voyage to Australia I’ll be hitting Singapore for a show alongside Alvin Pang, an awesome poet and thoroughly personable fellow.
World Voices features Ryan Van Winkle
 9 October, 7.30pm, Earshot Café, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore.

Ryan Van Winkle is an American poet who resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. His incredibly personal and intimate poetry-theatre experiment Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel, which has been showcased at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe amongst other places, has been known to captivate even those who shun poetry.

Join us as he reads from his evocative poetry, and presents a treat in the form of his ViewMaster. Ryan’s ViewMaster is a personal slide-show performance that is at times surprising and surreal, and offers viewers a chance to travel through scenes with your eyes and ears.

This session will be moderated by Alvin Pang, a noted and award winning poet.
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Ryan has Tongues of Flame in Brisbane

September 5, 2013

Soon I will be in Australia! Shortly afterwards, I’ll be in a basement in Brisbane:

Brisbane Festival and QLD Poetry Festival present “Basement Late Nights”

The Basement at Metro Arts will be transformed into a subterranean bar with late-night gigs featuring immersive music experiences, chats with artists, poetry and happenings hosted by locals.

Venture down and you may just come across some festival artists relaxing or find yourself dancing in the dark with a bunch of strangers.

Wed 11 Sep, from 9.30pm – TONGUES OF FLAME hosted by Ghostboy

Join host David Stavanger aka Ghostboy hosting an evening of sensual sound and spoken word presented in association with Queensland Poetry Festival. Along with special guests: spoken word artist Eleanor Jackson, installation poet Ryan Van Winkle (Edinburgh), boho storyteller Adam Hadley (Mr Fibby), angular pop sharks The Stress of Leisure (duo mode) and the mysterious DJ Zaziz. Ghostboy will take the night on an interactive journey that will be part performance poetry theatre, part surrealist vaudeville, part dark comedy, all spoken weird. Once you enter, there is no turning back. Expect the unexpected. Let the words take flight.

What: Tongues of Flame; Brisbane Festival and QLD Poetry Festival

Where: Metro Arts, Basement, 109 Edwards St, Brisbane

When: Wednesday 11 September, 9.30pm-late

How Much: FREE

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Ryan reads Poetry At The Gods

September 3, 2013

On Tuesday 10 September the good people at The Gods Cafe, Canberra will play host to Bendigo-based poet BN Oakman and myself on the ANU campus. A fine night of poetry will be had.

B N Oakman, formerly an academic economist, began writing poetry in 2006. His books now include In Defence of Hawaiian Shirts (Interactive Press, 2011) and two chapbooks.

What: Poetry at The Gods

Where: The Gods Café,  Arts Centre, Union Court, Australian National University, Canberra.

When: Tuesday 10 September, 8pm.

How Much: $10 / $5 conc.

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Ryan’s Adventures in the Brisbane

August 26, 2013

I’ll be appearing in a few events in Brisbane (a few as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival) in September. If you’re in Queensland and fancy some poems, do come join us.

Reader-in-Residence presents COUPLET

The Lord Mayor’s Reader-in-Residence David Stavanger (Ghostboy) hosts two dynamic poetic voices in a new monthly performance event, as well as a “surprise guest” reading a poem from the library collection.

Friday 6 September 5:30–6:30pm, Brisbane Square Library

Award-winning Edinburgh-based poet & performer Ryan Van Winkle (Scotland) + musician & poet Luke Beesley (lead singer of New Archer). Presented in partnership with the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Special events/Author Talks 

Reader-in-Residence presents Ryan Van Winkle

Thursday 12th September, Brisbane Square Library

Ryan Van Winkle (USA) is an award winning poet, performer, critic and Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries. His poetry/theatre experiments have also been rated in the top ten shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in recent years.

The Lord Mayor’s Reader-in-Residence David Stavanger (Ghostboy) presents a fully day with Ryan Van Winkle including readings, a workshop and performances of his acclaimed poetry installation ViewMaster.

Tomorrow, We Will Live Here reading 12pm

Join Ryan for lunch as he reads from his award winning debut collection.

ViewMaster 10-11am, 1-2pm

A personal slide-show for your eyes and ears only. Ryan Van Winkle will bring you on a sometimes surprising, sometime surreal, tour accompanied by the ambient sounds of Dan Gorman. One audience member per 10 min session.

Read like a Writer workshop 3-5pm

Join Ryan with David as they read a selection of contemporary poets with an eye to learn how to take risks with style and form. As Picasso said: ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal’. And so, come practice poetic theft! 

Ryan Performs at the Prague Book Fair

May 5, 2013

Additional Czech news: I’ll be performing at the Prague Book Fair on Friday 18 May, also in association with Literature Across Frontiers.

Prague Book Fair

2.00 p.m.–3.50 p.m.
LATERNA POETICA – Right Wing35
Alexandra Büchler and Ryan van Winkle
Alexandra Büchler introduces the internet magazine ‘Transcript’ and video clips from a Literature Across Frontiers poetry project. Ryan van Winkle introduces a number of projects that present poetry over the Internet, including the Scottish/Arab poetry projects Reel Iraq and Reel Syria. • Interpreted: Czech, English.

Friday 18/5/2013, 18:00 hrs

Palace of Industry, Prague Exhibition Grounds (Holešovice), Poetry Room – Right Wing (Balcony, Right).

Ryan van Winkle, an american who lives in Edinburgh, is well known for his innovative approach to performing poetry using multimedia, new technologies and theatrical arrangements. He transforms  poetry into theatre using video clips, podcasts and other ways of communicating with the audience.
Interpreted: Czech, English

Literature Across Frontiers

Tuesday 14/5/2013, 20:00 hrs

Presented by Alexandra Büchler in Czech and English
Divus (South Wing), Bubenská 1, Praha 7
Literature Across Frontiers presents two poets from Britain known for taking innovative approaches to performing poetry using multimedia, new technology, and theatre settings. Zoë Skoulding’s performance features sound art and photographs by Alan Holmes, with recordings of her poetry in Czech translation. Ryan van Winkle, an American settled in Edinburgh, makes poetry into theatre and uses video clips, podcasts and other ways of communicating with audiences.

Hope to see you there!

Ryan is Crossing Literary Frontiers in Prague

April 20, 2013

Exciting news! This May I’m heading to continental Europe to join our friends Zoë Skoulding, Alan Holmes and the good people at Literature Across Frontiers for a joint English/Czech reading. If you’re in Prague this Spring/Summer come and join us!

Literature Across Frontiers

Tuesday 14/5/2013, 20:00 hrs

Presented by Alexandra Büchler in Czech and English
Divus (South Wing), Bubenská 1, Praha 7
Literature Across Frontiers presents two poets from Britain known for taking innovative approaches to performing poetry using multimedia, new technology, and theatre settings. Zoë Skoulding’s performance features sound art and photographs by Alan Holmes, with recordings of her poetry in Czech translation. Ryan van Winkle, an American settled in Edinburgh, makes poetry into theatre and uses video clips, podcasts and other ways of communicating with audiences.

Hope to see you there!

Andrew Greig reads at Blackhall Library, Ryan Chairs

April 17, 2013

On Tuesday 23 April (which is only WORLD BOOK NIGHT) I’ll have the great pleasure of chairing an evening with Scottish novelist, poet, writer, musician and all round good guy Andrew Greig at Edinburgh’s own Blackhall Library. Andrew is a marvellous writer whose recent play Found at Sea had a sell-out run at the Traverse Theatre and whose upcoming novel Fair Helen will be launched at the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Andrew will be reading from his latest work & we’ll be chatting about his books, poems, career and upcoming releases. It’s going to be great fun and we’ll all have a merry old time.

What: Andrew Greig

Where: Blackhall Library, 56 Hillhouse Rd, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH4 5EG

When: Tuesday 23 April, 6.30pm

How Much: Free!

Hope to see y’all there!

Ryan heads to the Outskirts Festival in Easterhouse, Glasgow

April 8, 2013

Glasgow’s Outskirts Festival is back for its second year in Platform, Easterhouse, and I am joining them. Outskirts celebrates art that crosses boundaries, blurs the lines between disciplines and salutes those artists who thrive on the edges, and got huge praise from all and sundry for their inaugural show last year.

This time round I’ll be reading some poems, and later in the evening putting my conversational skills to work as host/interrogator for journalist, novelist and comedian Rob Newman. Rob is a really talented writer and an ardent ecologist (which we love), he’ll be talking about his new book The Trade Secret, published by our friends at Cargo, and I’ll be posing him the tough questions, like “what is the secret of the trade”.

If that weren’t enough, the day-long festival features music from A Hawk and a Hacksaw, The Crying Lion and Frist Frugt, performances from Sonata for a Man and a Boy, Xana Marwick – You Suffer but Why, plus some excellent installations and exhibitions that will give you pause then blow your mind. See you there.

What: Platform presents: Outskirts Festival 2013

When: Saturday 20 April, 3.30pm-10pm. There’s a bus from Mono Café to Platform at 2.30, and one back at 10, for a pleasant £4 round trip. (I’m on about 6.45 and in conversation with Rob about 8pm)

Where: Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW. Platform has a handy guide on how to get there.

How Much: £15 / £12.50 LOCAL LINKS – Ticket with food
£10/ £7.50  LOCAL LINKS
Under 12s Free without food
Recommended for the whole family.

I’m really excited to be part of this, and it would be mega cool to see you there.

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