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Ryan supports Thomas Truax

September 20, 2014

Back on the trail, folks, at the Banshee Labyrinth on Friday 26 September with Thomas Truax, our friends Faith Eliott and Jack of Diamonds of Black Diamond Express and Dog on a Swing. It costs £5, doors fly open at 7pm, hope to see you there.

New York City’s Thomas Truax (pronounced troo-aks) is a left field troubadour and inventor/player of strange self-made instruments like his now legendary ‘Hornicator’ and a motorized mechanical drum machine called ‘Sister Spinster’. He employs these and other contraptions as well as traditional instruments in exceptionally crafted, witty and often touching songs. Splendid magazine recently called him “one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you’ve never heard of…an exceptional talent, unique and resistant to comparison, yet fairly accessible even to casual listeners.”

Ryan Van Winkle is a poet, a performer and someone that makes things happen. His first collection of poems, ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here’, won the Crashaw Prize and he has been published in The American Poetry Review, The Scotland on Sunday and many magazines you have likely never heard of. Ryan will be joined on guitar by Jack Of Diamonds, founding member and frontman of Scotland’s most exciting eight-piece blues band; The Black Diamond Express.

Faith Eliott performing music is merely one string to her artistic bow, and as such is a rare treat. Heartfelt, heart breaking, passionate songs, that will give you goosebumps and shivers down your spine.

Dog On A Swing is the pseudonym under which Ed Ritchie writes and plays music. It’s usually just him, but he likes to bring in other musicians on a fluid and flexible basis.

What: Thomas Truax (+ Support)

Where: Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street, Edinburgh

When: Friday 26 September, 7pm.

How Much: £5.

Ryan Joins the Ampersand Edition of Rally and Broad at the Bongo Club

April 29, 2014

Very chuffed to be joining Lake Montgomery and a host of talented artists for Rally and Broad’s Ampersand Edition. There’ll be collaborations with singer-songwriters and poets, plus we’ll be back in the hallowed vaults of the Bongo Club, part of the Bongo Lives! celebrations. It’s this Friday 2 May, it’s five bucks, it’s tremendous art. Come join us!

A special edition Rally & Broad cabaret to celebrate Bongo Lives!

Mash-ups and collaborations from:

Ruth Mills & Gerry Campbell!

Award-winning dancer and choreographer Ruth Mills (Whatever Gets You Through The Night) teams up with Gerry Campbell (formerly Belle & Sebastian, BabyGod)

Ryan Van Winkle & Lake Montgomery!

Critically-acclaimed poet, Van Winkle teams up with the captivatingly soulful Lake Montgomery!

Snake-faced Jake & Lach!

Acoustic-punk meets Anti-Folk! Snake-faced Jake of Black Diamond Express teams up with the founder of Anti-Folk, Lach in what promises to be a strange and wonderful collaboration!

Rally & Broad is a highly acclaimed, much-vaunted lyrical cabaret, rapidly gaining notice for fun, engaging, interactive and inspiring literary-themed cabarets. R&B has run since October 2012 and has featured over 60 writers and poets, alongisde award winning musicians, theatre-makers and dance acts. Hosted by poets Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum.

What: Rally & Broad Ampersand

Where: Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JX

When: Friday 2 May, Doors 7pm

How Much: £5 (£4 advance)

Stuart Bowden, Ljodahått and Sara Zaltash on Culture Laser

September 11, 2013

We’ve got Edinburgh Festival fever on this week’s episode. Australian theatre maker Stuart Bowden talks about his tragicomic post-apocalyptic performance piece She Was Probably Not A Robot. We also feature the stomping literary Norwegian sounds of Ljodahått, who will be appeared at Jura Unbound at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in the Guardian Spiegeltent, as well as with our friends The Black Diamond Express . And we are very pleased to include an excerpt from Sara Zaltash‘s The Growing Act. Sara performed Tuul: “Sweetmud” in Edinburgh as part of the fantastic Peep / Anatomy experience at the Assembly George Square Gardens.

Culture Laser Catch-Up

June 22, 2013

We’re back from London, back in the recording studio, and back at the wheel of the Culture Laser.

Bryony Kimmings

Bryony Kimmings talks with me about her latest project, Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model, a social experiment, theatre show, education project and documentary. She discusses Catherine Bennett, her project to create a non-conventional role model for young people and make her famous by manipulating and utilising the current celebrity-producing methods available. Find out more on her website. Check out Catherine Bennett’s website and watch the video for her first single:

The Black Diamond Express

I chat with Toby and Tom of The Black Diamond Express. They talk about their new album ‘Brimstone for Hell’, their influences and we get the chance to listen along to the tracks ‘Never Was A Lass So Fair’, ‘The Dyin’ Crapshooters Blues’ and ‘Live Free or Die’.

Julie Brook

We discuss art, landscape, solitude and community with Julie Brook at her exhibition made, unmade in the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. During 2008/09 Julie travelled and worked in the black volcanic desert in central Libya and in the Jebel Acacus mountains in South West Libya. The stark landscape influenced a corresponding shift in the way she made large scale drawings and sculptural work in situ. This led to further exploration in 2011/12 in the semi-desert of North West Namibia where the absolute nature of the light and shadow is expressed in the new sculptural work. Also featuring a track from Tabloid Vivant’s latest EP, Don’t Yet Dismount, My Lavender Cowboy.

Support Forest / Buy Awesome Gifts!

December 4, 2010

Buy The Forest / Buy Books

If you’ve been following the Save The Forest campaign, you know that the premises at 3 Bristo Place is up for sale. This means costly relocation, closure or The FOREST buys the building. Everyone can help the cause and I’ll hope you’ll consider buying one of these fine anthologies from Forest Publications. All proceeds will go directly to buying or relocating The Forest and you’ll get a lovely anthology of the finest new writing, and great music! Support this worthwhile cause. See below for all the details of go directly to Forest Publication’s on-line store to make a purchase!

The Golden Hour Book (and CD) Vol. II

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IS THE GOLDEN HOUR BOOK SUITABLE FOR YOU?

If you enjoy words, the answer is ‘yes’. If you enjoy sounds, the answer is ‘yes’. Even if you have not answered ‘yes’, the answer is still ‘yes’. For The Golden Hour Book Volume II is not just a book: it is also a natural resource that may save your life. Its pages will burn without being consumed. It keeps tigers away.

The accompanying CD is equally essential: it can be used as a plate, or better still, sharpened and thrown like a shuriken into the throat of your enemy. Even if the end approaches, there is still the consolation of the words and sounds within — fine poems, stories, and songs from over three dozen poets, writers and musicians — all of which are guaranteed to take your mind off things.

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‘There is genuine wit, deep feeling and real entertainment in this most enjoyable volume. Light-hearted and serious by turns, The Golden Hour Book Volume II contains some of the best and freshest new writing I have come across for quite a while.’

– Ron Butlin, Edinburgh Makar

Words From

  • Ericka Duffy, When We Were Broke
  • Andrew Philip, The Melody at Night, With You; The Berlin Jar; Watergaw
  • Jane Griffiths, Lessons From My First Giraffe, Laws of Physics, St Stephen Place
  • Spencer Thompson, Pancake, Am I a Bastard?
  • Julia Boll, A House in Disorder
  • Gloria Dawson, Lapse, A La Fin Tu Es Las
  • Benjamin Morris, What I Like in Fights, The Apricot Pit, Hitchin
  • Jason Morton, The Basics of Time Travel
  • Kapka Kassabova, Buenos Aires: When I Return
  • Alan Gillis, Anglican, Sifting Through
  • Kona Macphee, Leprosy, fen train
  • Phil Harrison, The Birds, Like
  • Nick Holdstock, A Golden Bowl
  • Aiko Harman, Lunch, Dragon Sculpting
  • Russell Jones, The Electric, How to Kill a Blackbird, B. 1984
  • Robert Alan Jamieson, The Commissioners Investigate
  • Jane Flett, Flamingos
  • Claire Askew, Flash; Dreaming My Mother: Tynefield, Penrith, 1974
  • Ryan Van Winkle, Open the Connections, She Says; Waiting for the Ocean; The Apartment
  • Lindsay Bower, What it’s Like When You’re Older

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Music From

  • Billy Liar, It Starts Here
  • Vadoinmessico, Cave
  • Mat Riviere, FYH
  • Tuberians, Tuberians Have Landed
  • Bob Hilary & The Massive Mellow, Hear Mi
  • The Black Diamond Express, Jack
  • Asazi Space Funk Explosion, Syababona
  • Kevin Molloy, Goddess Of The Rain
  • Sarazin Blake, India Or Spain
  • Skeleton Bob, Love Song
  • Diddley Squat, Camel Song
  • Robin Grey, Women
  • Mammoth, Sunshine
  • Groaner & Heid, Massive Genius
  • Jonny Berliner, Kneeling Down
  • Poor Edward, Children Of Little Or No Importance
  • Francois & The Atlas Mountains, I’m So Glad I Met You
  • Chandra, Malaika
  • Jack Richold, Lady Of The Calico
  • Withered Hand, Takeaway Food

Reviews

“The CD sounds like that tent you find in the middle of the madness of one of the larger festivals. You know the tent, the one where you have no idea who any of the people on the stage are, but you find yourself staying there all day just to see who’s on next. With over 20 contributors, including the likes of Billy Liar, Withered hand, Skeleton Bob, Johnny Berliner, Chandra and The Black Diamond Express amongst others, I can almost guarantee that your new favourite song is contained within, waiting to be discovered.

‘When we Were Broke’ by Ericka Duffy is possibly one of the most beautiful and true stories I have ever read. It’s been a long time since a story has made me choke up. Other highlights, which are hard to pick out from a book made up of highlights, include ‘The Birds, Like’ by Phil Harrison, a wickedly captivating tale told from the point of view of a frustrated bully, and the poem ‘Lunch’ by Aiko Harman, if only because it mentions peanut butter, which in my world is a condiment. All in all this collection is a superb little package that you will return to over and over, highly recommended. ” – Unpeeled.com, Nov 2009

National Post

“A very impressive literary and music anthology. A dinky little paperback packed with stories and poetry, most of which are very good indeed, and a 20 track CD full of bands I have never heard of but also mostly splendid. (****)” – Scott Pack, Dec 2009

The Beat Surrender, 18 Dec 2009

“An eclectic, experimental, gently explosive treasure trove that brings together some of the creative combustions which light up the Forest Cafe.” – Edinburgh Evening News, 2 Jan 2010

“Reviewing this collection is like trying to herd cats into a sack — beautiful cats, strangely furred rippling, not quite tamed. It is a bold and commendable venture: to give voice to a number of (relatively) unknown artists although many of the writers have been short-listed for or won prizes. The Forest is to be applauded for the originality of this project. There is simply too much to cram into this review …. Best thing to do: buy a copy. Invite some friends round. Open some bottles. Host your own Golden Hour. Dance to poetry. Then do it again next week.” – Northwords Now, Autumn 2009


The Golden Hour Book and CD Launch – 25 Sept.

September 20, 2009

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Forest Publications is proud to announce the launch of The Golden Hour Book (+ CD) Vol. II.

Help us celebrate the release of our anthology with free readings and wine at Blackwells at 6.30pm.

Then, join us for music and champagne till LATE at the Forest (remember to BYOB for when the free stuff runs out.)

Reading: (at Blackwells) 6.30

Alan Gillis

Julia Boll

Alan Jamieson

Andrew Philip

Aiko Harman.

Music: (Forest from 8.30)

Chandra – her brand of fire folk fit the start the kettle.ghb_album

Massive Mellow – danceable, mellow groves, from the massive players.

Poor Edward – beautifully crafted songs and a guitar that can sound like a cello, a seagull, an elephant… anything you want.

Withered Hand – the wit-full, wistfull, sweet son-of-a-bitch. Who has a brand new album of his own y’all should buy.

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Black Diamond Express – ‘are like the fastest train of the Lehigh Valley Railroad… a nine-piece band soaked in poetry, myth and bourbon.’ says Mark Edmundson of The Listt.

A launch to beat all book launches!

Come for one / come for both!

Books are available from Blackwells, Word Power, Amazon.co.uk, and The Forest Shop. If you can’t make the launch, do support us by buying a book / CD.

But – you want to know –

“Is the Golden Hour Book Suitable for You?”

If you enjoy words, the answer is ‘yes’. If you enjoy sounds, the answer is ‘yes’. Even if you have not answered ‘yes’, the answer is still ‘yes’. For ‘The Golden Hour Book Volume II’ is not just a book: it is also a natural resource that may save your life. Its pages will burn without being consumed. It keeps tigers away. The accompanying CD is equally essential: it can be used as a plate or better still, sharpened and thrown like a shuriken into the throat of your enemy. Even if the end approaches, there is still the consolation of the words and sounds within — fine poems, stories, and songs from over three dozen poets, writers and musicians — all of which are guaranteed to take your mind off things.

‘There is genuine wit, deep feeling and real entertainment in this most enjoyable volume. Light-hearted and serious by turns, ‘The Golden Hour Book Volume II’ contains some of the best and freshest new writing I have come across for quite a while.’
Ron Butlin, Edinburgh Makar

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* I like what Aiko Harman wrote about the book. Have a look at her blog.

Blackwell Bookshop
53-62 South Bridge
EH1 1YS

The Forest

3 Bristo Place

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The Golden Hour Book (and CD) was funded by the Scottish Arts Council. Thank you!

The Golden Hour – Festival Special

August 11, 2009

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August 19th — The Festival Special

Readers / Writers:

Jen Hadfield – a remarkably original and inventive poet who recently won the TS Eliot prize.

Ryan Van Winkle – poems & stories from the Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Nick Holdstock – short stories which grow inside you like golden crocuses.

Ericka Duffy – hot new prose from her hot new chapbook called The Succubus!

Jason Morton – stories that can eat bricks.

Music / Song Writers:

Billy Liar – Acoustic + infectious punk.

Jed Milroy – singer songwriter and hunter finally back from the Woods.

Withered Hand – intense, eccentric, bittersweet and very wry original songs.

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Jonny Berliner – Joyus songs about crustaceans, exhaustion, and glucose.

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The Black Diamond Express – a rocking, hell-playing, old time string band.


Visual Amazement:

Paper Cinema and Kora

A cast of hand-drawn marionettes are magically brought to life. This is what happens at the accidental meeting of inkblots, photocopies, cardboard, angle-poise lamps, the occasional table, video technology, a laptop and a banana box.

Scottish Poetry Library at The Meadows Fest

June 4, 2009

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Between The Forest / Police Box Stage and The Beer Tent we’ll have a Scottish Poetry Library Stall along with workshop space, a ‘zine stall and loads of brilliant live music from The Forest / Police Box Stage.

We’ve got two exciting poetic adventures for you to experience:

From 2pm on Saturday we’ve got a Poetry Postcard & Poster Making workshop.

* We’ll provide the words (a la magnetic poetry) and help you screen print your own original poetry poster or post card. Our Screen Printing Expert will be on hand to help you make everything look beautiful.

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If you don’t feel like making your own poem some friends and I will be hanging out with copies of our favourite poems to pass on along with other free goodies. The people (and poems) will change so come early and come often.

Details of bands and DJs

Saturday 6th:

Noon – The Tuberians – a mystical journey of sound exploration from the undiscovered land of Tuberia.

12.45 – Hailey Beavis & The Byrons – a double threat of dazzling songwriting, punk fury and experimental pop.

1.45 – Ruby and The Emeralds – wrap your entire being within a cosmic layer of sassy mayhem.

2.30 – The Black Diamond Express – a rocking, hell-playing, old time string band.

3.15 – Meursault – starry-eyed electronica with cotton-picking wreaths of banjo plucks and ukulele strums.

4.15 – William Douglas and the Wheel – Punk Gospel with a twist of Rock ‘n’ Roll splendour.

5pm – Darkness – The Exploading DJ with bells, whistles, and Special Guests!

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The Meadows Festival --- See You There!

Sunday 7th:

Noon – Chandra + The Forest Chior – The freelance folk adventurer starts the day with the blazing, amazing Forest Chior!

1pm – White Heath – a blend of space-rock and tribal noise.

2pm – Jesus H. Foxx – both modest and wrong.

3pm – FoxGang – wickedly satirical lyrics with an irresistible party vibe, that’ll flash to mid-July with only a tinge of sangria-soaked regret.

4pm – Punch and the Apostles – Wild, frenetic, yet underpinned by a probing sense of existential doubt.

5pm – Exhaustion – Jiggery Fuckery – Sun-soaked lashings of DJ juice!

The Golden Hour: Hello to 1990nineteen

January 18, 2009

Where:The Forest, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh

The Golden Hour: Wed. 21, January, Free @ The Forest

The Golden Hour: Wed. 21, January, Free @ The Forest

When: Wednesday, 21 January, 8pm

How Much: Free, BYOB

Readings:

Kirstin Innes – Prose from the winner of the New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book trust.

Craig Bayne – Editor of Glasgow’s newest lit magazine “Are Volitional”.

Ryan Van Winkle: some short poems, one long one.

Music:

Black Diamond Express – a rocking, hell-playing, old time string band.

Francious + Atlas Mountains – a sweet and splendid array of original songs.

Hailey Beavis – subtle guitar, a bed for a voice, both personal and touching.

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