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Ryan is in Return Flight MEL>EDI

July 1, 2017

My poem ‘To See It You Have To Look Hard’ is in the international anthology Return Flight MEL>EDI, published in Australia by Going Down Swinging.

If you’d like to read the poem, it is here.

Ten artists. Ten writers. Almost 17,000 kilometres of planet in between.

Meet ​Return Flight MEL>EDI​: a cross-continental creative exchange between twenty artists and writers in Melbourne and Edinburgh.

Lap up new art, interviews and words from the likes of Tony Birch, Matto Lucas, Chloe Wilson, Ryan Van Winkle, Jane Flett, Mitch Walder, Roz Bellamy​ and Aimee Fairman​.

Design by Jacqui Hagen.

Curated by Elizaveta Maltseva and produced by Going Down Swinging.

Thanks to our sponsors for making this edition possible.

 

Ryan’s poems make a Return Flight to Edinburgh

June 8, 2017

My work will be featured this Friday night at the Number Shop – Studios and Gallery. Doors open at 7pm, close late, with a bar run by Edinbrew.

The Number Shop – Studios and Gallery is proud to present RETURN FLIGHT: a cross-continental exhibition, publication and creative exchange between artists and writers in Edinburgh and Melbourne.

~~~ Opening FRIDAY 9th JUNE 7pm – late ~~~
Local heroes Edinbrew will be running a bar on the opening night and we will be selling copies of the project publication also.
Open 10th – 23rd June. 12-5pm daily. Open until 8pm on 23rd.

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ABOUT RETURN FLIGHT:
Artists are often asked to illustrate writing. In RETURN FLIGHT, the process is reversed. We asked ten artists to respond to the idea of ‘place’, before assigning each work to a writer from the opposite city. The writers could respond however they liked, but without the luxury of context: both artwork and artist names were withheld until the end.

The result? A series of compelling and surprising works that suggest our global creative community is tighter than we think.

FEATURING (MEL <> EDI) :
Roz Bellamy << Molly McEwan
Tony Birch << Alessandro Di Massimo
Aimee Fairman >> Katherine McMahon
Madison Griffiths << Flo Gordon
Phoebe Hearps >> Nick Holdstock
Matto Lucas >> Harry Giles
Mardi Nowak >> Jenny Lindsay
Robert Skinner << Lewis Matheson
Mitch Walder >> Ryan Van Winkle
Chloe Wilson << Natasha Russell
Jane Flett >> Devika Bilimoria

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– RETURN FLIGHT MEL-EDI publication is hot off the press, featuring new art and words from the likes of Natasha Russell, Alessandro Di Massimo, Flo Gordon, Molly McEwan and Lewis Matheson.

– The Number Shop is a wheelchair-accessible venue, please find our further accessibility details on Euan’s Guide. If you have any particular access requirements let us know – we want you there.

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CURATED BY ELIZAVETA MALTSEVA | PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOING DOWN SWINGING

‘Western Town’ published in Umbrellas of Edinburgh

October 25, 2016

My poem ‘Western Town’ has been published in the upcoming anthology Umbrellas of Edinburgh, a collection of poetry and prose from over 70 writers and published by Freight Books. It is edited by Claire Askew and Russell Jones.

A word from the editors, Claire Askew and Russell Jones…

Scotland’s capital is a vibrant, diverse and modern city, cultivated by people from around the world. It’s filled with cutting edge art, international cuisines, theatres and pubs, bright minds and masonry, dark side streets and sinister stories. Edinburgh is a hub for literary inspiration and ambition, hosting the world’s largest literary festival, and it’s the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. But pick up a collection of writing about Edinburgh, and you’re often faced with the same list of names: dead white men.

As editors, we were keen to reflect the diversity of Edinburgh and its people, and to shift the existing (dead white men) focus through a more contemporary lens. This anthology includes work from writers of colour, writers who identify as LGBTQIA+, who live with disabilities, writers who have lived in countries other than Scotland, and its contributors predominantly identify as women.

Our brief to the writers was simple: choose a location in Edinburgh and write about it. Between these pages you’ll find explorations of architecture, fragments of memories, views of potential futures, romps in hedgerows, summer picnics, hard winters, love, loss and the moments in between. These poems and short stories show us that the city is inseparable from its people, and it’s the voices of our times which add colour and meaning to the brickwork. But it also shows us that Edinburgh is still a great source of inspiration for its inhabitants and those who pass through it; it takes them on journeys, through which the people and the city are forever altered.

 

Ryan goes on a Real Life Book Tour

May 24, 2015

Very excited to announce an IRL book tour to go with the virtual tour being made by poems across the internet. If you live in London, Cardiff, Glasgow or Edinburgh, I will soon be in your cities, reading some poems. Here’s the itinerary:

– London — Waterstones Piccadilly, 7pm, Monday 1 June

w/ Penned in the Margins poet Naomi Booth

– CardiffWaterloo Tea – Wyndham Arcade, 7pm, Tuesday 2 June

w/ Nia Davies & surprise special guests!!

GlasgowTell It Slant Bookshop, 7pm, Wednesday 3 June

w/ Matthew Siegel: (Matthew Siegel’s Blood Work is out from CB Editions. The deceptive directness of Matthew Siegel’s debut is remarkable’ – Mark Doty)

– EdinburghBlackwell’s Bookshop, 6.30pm, Thursday 4 June

w/ Matthew Siegel

– PLUS FREE AFTERPARTY at The Forest Café from 8pm, featuring Supermoon, Hailey Beavis & more!

Hope to see you there.

Ryan is Captured on Film at Hidden Door Camarade

April 5, 2014

If you missed fantastic performances at this week’s Hidden Door Festival, here is video evidence of my involvement. The entire Camarade event is available on SJ Fowler’s YouTube channel. Check it out.

Open the Door

January 12, 2010

I’ve been invited to take part in this massive 2 day art / music extravaganza at The Roxy in Edinburgh.

Check the Hidden Door site for details on everyone who is participating but, for my part, I’ll be doing an intimate poetry performance which will involve music from Ragland, hot tea (or port), biscuits and a live, one-on-one reading.

I am not going to try and describe what the performance will involve but it will take about 15 minutes and it will be unlike any other poetry reading you’ve ever been to.

That’s not to say it will be good — but it will be different. There will also be artwork, so you don’t have to look directly at me all the time.

Here’s the details on the rest of the Hidden Door experience. Do buy tickets now, there is going to be loads of amazing art and performances. The band list alone should have you psyched to come along. Pretty much everyone you know / everyone you want to know will be there. How can you not go?

Hidden Door is a new venture aimed at bringing together innovative artists from all disciplines to create an exciting multi-sensory snapshot and celebration of the incredible creativity in the arts going on across Edinburgh and Scotland, all around us, under one roof for a whole weekend in January.

Tickets cost £10 and you can get them HERE. If you buy them online the lovely people at tentracks.co.uk have offered up 10 free MP3 downloads! Sweet deal and well worth it just for the music. Check it out!

Jan 30 & 31st at The Roxy Art House!

Map Poetry on the GPS

November 4, 2009

Go to L'vov on Global Poetry System

Go to L’vov — Or check out the post about it on the GPS – Global Poetry System Site.

Visit the GPS site now to see where poetry has been found and shared near you. If you want to put poetry on the map near your hometown or where you work or where ever – simply “Find it – Map it – Share it” here!

No matter where you are in the world keep an eye and a mind out for poetry. It might be graffiti or a gravestone or just a thought that crosses your mind in a particular place. There’s tons of interesting posts already on the site so, even if you have nothing to post now, go have a look at where in your area people are finding poems.

You’ll find me doing a poetry hunt from Leith Library on 5 Nov at 18.00. The walk is FREE, just bring your cameras!

Nothing But The Poem – Free – June 9th

June 4, 2009

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Fancy a poetry chat? Come along to Nothing But The Poem: A relaxed and informal way to meet and discuss poems.

Where: Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge.

When: 6.30pm on June 9th, July 8th & September 17th.

How Much: Free Free Free!

Moderated by ECL / SPL Reader-in-Residence Ryan Van Winkle.

What is it?
* We read a poem
* We discuss the poem
* Only the poem we’ve read.
* No Jargon
* No experience needed
* Nothing to fear
* Nothing but the poem.

There’s a little sample of what a NBTP session is like here.

Scottish Poetry Library at The Meadows Fest

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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!

The Meadows Festival --- See You There

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!

Martin McKenna on the poem “Un Coup de Des”

May 21, 2009

martin500The artist, Martin McKenna discusses the classic poem, “Un Coup de Des” (“A Throw of the Dice”) by Stéphane Mallarmé in the SPL‘s Reading Room.

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