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Highlight Arts in The Skinny

July 1, 2016

Lahore 20.07.16-page-0The Skinny has published a preview of the upcoming Highlight Arts event, From Lewis to Lahore, at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Poets from Scotland and Pakistan will be presenting their collaborations and translations, including Shazea Quraishi, Jim Carruth, Sara Kazmi, Ian Stephen, Mujahid Eshai and myself.

The readings will be in the Unbound Spiegeltent at 9pm, Sunday 21 August, and tickets are free.

In a recent collaborative project organised by Highlight Arts, poets from Pakistan and Scotland came together to create new poetry, stories and music in Glasgow and Lahore. Building on this exchange, the Edinburgh International Book Festival invited illustrators and storytellers from both countries to the Lahore Literary Festival in February of this year. Their tour and creative exchange continues for these special events, in which storytellers Shazea Quraishi and Ian Stephen and illustrators Mehreen Fatima and Kate Leiper are joined by musicians Sara Kasmi and Sarah Hayes to present the results of this collaboration.

 

The Good Dark at Edinburgh International Book Festival – Interviews

August 10, 2015

On Friday 21 August I’ll be joining poet Jonathan Edwards (My Family and Other Superheroes) at the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre for poems and chat at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. I’ll be reading from my second collection, The Good Dark, and you can find some interviews I did about it below. Hope to see you there!

The Good Dark — Interviews

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been writing an awful lot about myself & about the process of making the The Good Dark. You can read these conversations in full but, to save you time, I’ve taken my favorite quotes out of context below.
You can buy a book from Penned in the Margins & you’ll find me reading at the  Edinburgh International Book Festival on 21 August at 20.45. I’ll also be in Australia at the end of August. 
 
Penned in the Margins 

“Fundamental, beautiful or total menace.”

The Poetry School

“So, I tend to apologise.”

Scottish Book Trust

“I do miss reporting and think it can be truly meaningful, truly impactful in a way which poetry and fiction just can’t be.”

Scottish Poetry Library

“…man, this beach is useless.”

3AM

“Are you threatening me?”

Inpress Books

“Aliens and hoverboards…”

Shakespeare & Company

“I still have a little of that in me, the feeling that some days I’d be better off packing up for Australia.”

The Ofi Press

“I’m still trying to figure out how much I can cut him up without killing him.”

Missing Slate

“When I write a poem, I’m not trying to entertain, I’m trying to be honest.”

Sabotage Reviews

“I’m afraid of scales.”

The Good Dark at Edinburgh International Book Festival – Reviews

August 9, 2015

On Friday 21 August I’ll be joining poet Jonathan Edwards (My Family and Other Superheroes) at the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre for poems and chat at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. I’ll be reading from my second collection, The Good Dark, reviews of which you can find below. Hope to see you there!

The Good Dark — Reviews

So far, reviews of The Good Dark have been kind. If you’d like to hear me read in person, you can catch me at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 21 August at 20.45.

‘(The Good Dark) moves between stabbing pain, deep melancholy and cautious optimism, always with the same gentle touch.’ — The Skinny

‘Channelling Bob Dylan at his trippy, visionary best…’ — The Scotsman

‘…the poetry of loss in The Good Dark, particularly loss of love, is not bitter or recriminatory, but a kind of analysis, a recognition of one’s own failure, even a manner of apology.’ — Dave Coates

Buy a copy from Penned in the Margins, or find it wherever you buy your books. 

Ryan at Head North, My Friend!

August 6, 2015

Delighted to be hosting the Highlight Arts event Head North, My Friend at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It’s at 9pm, Wednesday 19 August, in the Charlotte Square Spiegeltent. Hope to see you there!

Head North, My Friend!

In this special event Highlight Arctic celebrates the culture of the High North at a time when the region is experiencing enormous and rapid transition. Join us for words, music and stories from: Sami poet and musician Niillas Holmberg, Icelandic crime-writer Ragnar Jonasson and the Inuit poet and-live artist Jessie Kleemann.Plus, Shetlandic poet Christine De Luca will read new translations specially commissioned by the EIBF and DJ Aikio will provide the aural beats.

Bar, dancing and smiles also guaranteed.

Wednesday 19th August
21:00
Jura Unbound @ Edinburgh International Book Festival
Spiegeltent, Charlotte Street Gardens
Free Entry (no tickets required)

Further Info via Skinny Magazine

Highlight Arctic  Festival (Jan/Feb 2016)

As ice caps melt and sea-levels rise, we feel it is high time to shine a light on the Arctic – a region that has become one of the world’s major international economic battlegrounds. Highlight Arctic festival 2015 will be a collaboration with artists who live and work in the High North in order to celebrate the culture and significance of the region.

Ryan and Jonathan Edwards at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

June 27, 2015

Delighted to be performing alongside the 2014 Costa Prizewinner Jonathan Edwards at this year’s EIBF. We’ll be reading in the Bailie Gifford Corner Theatre on Friday 21 August at 8.45pm. Hope you can join us for good poems and good cheer, and some very politely broken rules.

POETS WHO BREAK THE RULES

Sophia Loren, Marty McFly and a bicycling nun are just three of the characters who populate Jonathan Edwards’ poems in My Family and Other Superheroes, a collection that won the Welsh poet the Costa Prize for Poetry in 2014. Ryan Van Winkle, the US-born, Edinburgh-based poet’s second collection The Good Dark includes some of the poems he performed in a much-admired one-on-one Fringe show in 2012.

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…

Ryan talks to The Skinny about Reel Festivals

July 9, 2014

This August Reel Festivals will return to the Unbound Series at the EIBF with our show Syria Speaks, a combination of song, dance and word from Syrian artists. In an interview with The Skinny we talk about finding the story beyond the headlines.

Celebrating 30 Years of the Scottish Poetry Library

July 6, 2014

Delighted to be contributing to a Celebration of 30 Years of the Scottish Poetry Library at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Join us at the RBS Garden Theatre at 8.30pm on Sunday 17 August, it’ll be lovely.

Since 1984 the Scottish Poetry Library has celebrated poetry in all its forms. The last 30 years have seen a wonderful array of prize-winners, the birth of the Makar and poet laureate. To mark the 30th anniversay, Join founder Tessa Ransford along with poet Jen Hadfield and other friends, who read a selection of their own poems and favourites from the last three decades. Chaired by Robyn Marsack.

Luke Wright talks Poems, Publishing and Parenthood on the SPL Podcast

February 19, 2014

Ryan Van Winkle talks with Luke Wright about his first collection Mondeo Man in this interview recorded just after his sell out event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Luke reads a couple of his poems and discusses how he has evolved as a poet, why he felt the need to publish a collection now and how becoming a parent changed his attitude to his own work. Check him out here. We also feature the track ‘Gospel According to the Purple Cotton Dress’ by C.R. Avery.

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