Ryan joins Screen Bandita in the Battersea Arts Centre

October 30, 2013

I’ll be in London this weekend working on a scratch theatre piece with Screen Bandita, cooking up some collage poems with your old photos and spools of super 8 film. It’s at the Battersea Arts Centre, Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm, and it’s totally free. See you there!

Screen Bandita and Ryan Van Winkle invite you to contribute to their participatory, community gathering: a welcoming space in which to share, speak and see.

Do you have any spools of Super 8 film or old slides gathering dust in the attic? Bring them along and we’ll project them for you! And if you have any old photographs you’d like to share, come and display them in our pop-up gallery! Soundtracking the afternoon will be a pair of antiquated Russian gramophones and a myriad of interesting records from our collection.

Poet Ryan Van Winkle would be pleased to see any old newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or to talk about memorable local events. We’ll also have copies of posters and clippings from the BAC archive and Ryan will be leading a workshop on ‘collage poems’ melding your own history with that of the area.

Suitable for young and old, this friendly, informal session is a chance to rediscover films from your collection, as well as an opportunity share memories, recollections and stories.

What: Bring Your Own Archive with Screen Bandita

Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TN

When: Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm

How Much: FREE

Ryan and Screen Bandita at the Battersea Arts Centre Cook Up

October 6, 2013

In a couple of weeks I’ll be down in London town, collaborating  with Screen Bandita as part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s Scratch series.

Screen Bandita & Ryan Van Winkle

18 – 19 Oct
Running Time: 30 mins

Price: Pay What You Can
Harnessing spoken word, found celluloid film, slides, vintage ephemera and gramophones, Van Winkle and Screen Bandita conjure forth a mesmerising and surreal piece that unfolds and unpacks suitcases of memory, place and experience.

Drawing inspiration from the stories springing from the resonant walls and dusty corners of Battersea Town Hall, these archival inquisitors weave a new audio visual tapestry before your very eyes; unravelling stories and episodes suspended in time and illuminating those fragments of presence and memory lingering in and about the space, left behind by the rich cast of characters who have passed through.

Developed at Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN.

Red Like Our Room Used to Feel at the Melbourne Fringe

September 16, 2013

On Friday 20 September Red Like Our Room Used to Feel will be making its southern hemisphere début at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. After successful runs at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, in the Battersea Arts Centre in December 2012, and most recently at the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, we’re really excited to share the show with a new audience.

An intimate poetry performance from Ryan Van Winkle. An audio voyage featuring ambient melodies from Ragland. An installation with paintings, photographs and ephemera from a host of artists. Joy, memory and loss condensed into fifteen minutes. A red room to lay down in. A cup of tea, a snifter of port, and space to listen.

‘Intimate and haunting’ – The Guardian

‘it might be a landmark production for poetry in performance. If you are at all interested in literature, memory, performance or joy, you must see this show’ ***** – The List

‘Simple, yearning and effective’ **** — Time Out

‘An intimate, emotional experience guaranteed to win over even the most poetry-phobic’ –  The Observer

Tickets can be booked on the Melbourne Fringe site, and are by donation only. Whatever you feel it was worth!

What: Red Like Our Room Used to Feel

When: Melbourne Fringe Festival, 20 September – 5 October, 7-9pm (20 min shows)

Where: Fringe Hub – The Warren, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne.

How Much: By Donation.

I’m now taking bookings for the Red Room Melbourne Fringe. If you want to enjoy a free poetry experience just drop me a line and I’ll gladly save you a slot. :::::::: For reservations please email Ryan:; subject line ‘Booking for Red Room’. In the email please write two preferred dates/times if possible. Bookings can be made up until 2pm on the day of the performance.


Red Room at the London Lit Festival

June 20, 2013

Thanks to all who came out to see Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel on our two-day stint at the London Lit Festival in the Southbank Centre. If you couldn’t make it, come visit Red Room at the Melbourne Fringe this September! And if you’re not in the Antipodes this autumn, perhaps take a moment to enjoy this short trailer. Filmed at the Battersea Arts Centre in December 2012 by Luke Flemming.

Thanks to all who made this a success, and see you on the road again soon.