Myself and Dan Gorman are taking Viewmaster on the road again, this time for the closing evening of the 46th Poetry International Rotterdam Festival. Get your fix of intimate, nostalgic, private-space poetry in one of the most beautiful poetry festivals on the planet.
Really delighted and honoured to be on one heck of a show for the final Rally & Broad of Season 3, next Friday 19 June. I’ll be joining the incredibly talented poets Ross Sutherland and Hannah Silva, the heartbreaking tunes of Dan Willson aka Withered Hand and Caro Bridges, and of course your congenial hosts Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum. It’s going to be one hell of a night, it’s as ever a bargaintastic £5, really hope to see all of you at the Bongo Club, Cowgate, Friday 19 June, doors at 7pm.
Friday 19th June, 7pm, The Bongo Club, Cowgate, Edinburgh. With Ross Sutherland, Hannah Silva, Dan Willson (Withered Hand), Ryan Van Winkle and Caro Bridges. Tickets £5, and available in advance here.
…we die a little..
And thus it ends…for this Season at least. We’ve come to the end of our third year Rally-ing & Broad-ing about the place, and we’re aff for a nap in July*. But we couldn’t go without saying goodbye… and what a goodbye it will be. Celebrating all things au revoir, a bientot, toodlepip, farewell and see ye soon with us…
June 3, 2015
Delighted to be chairing Tomasz Różycki this Sunday 7 June at Word Power Books.
Word Power Books and Interaktywny Salon Piszących w Szkocji (Interactive Writing Salon in Scotland) are pleased to present an event with one of the most remarkable Polish poets Tomasz Różycki about his work and its translations into English.
Różycki, 45, is the author of seven poetry volumes which have been very well received in his native country and abroad. He was given the Kościelski Award for Dwanaście stacji /Twelve Stations and was shortlisted for the Nike Award (Polish Booker prize) for Kolonie /Colonies. The latter volume translated into English by Mira Rosenthal was shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize last year and won the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation.
Różycki is also a translator in his own right, bringing French authors to the Polish audience.
The event will include readings in both Polish and English as well as conversation with the author. Chaired by Ryan van Winkle.
The event is supported by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh and the Polish Cultural Institute in London.
February 21, 2015
Just a quick reminder that Viewmaster will be live on location at StAnza Poetry Festival in just a few short days! Myself and Dan Gorman will bring words and sounds to you in person on Saturday 7 (11am-2pm; 3.30-6.30pm; 7-7.40pm) and Sunday 8 March (11am-2pm). Please do come and join us, StAnza is going to be awesome this year and we’d love to see you there.
Tickets cost an unbelievable £3, and can be booked here.
An imaginative leap to another country and a step back to the wonder of childhood. Ryan Van Winkle (poet) & Dan Gorman (sound artist) lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land in under 15 minutes. ViewMaster is more than just a performance. It is an immersive experience for an audience of one, for your eyes and ears only.
ViewMaster takes place in a specially designed set by artist Faith Eliott. You enter a child-like den reminiscent of playing in the house on rainy afternoons, before Dan and Ryan whisk you away on a unique visual-sonic-poetic journey to one of four destinations: Mecca, the River Nile, Holland or the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Dan Gorman and Ryan Van Winkle have worked together on successful audio and poetic collaborations for over a decade. Van Winkle says, ‘To me, this piece is as much about the power of play and imagination as it is a rumination about getting older, dying, nostalgia and the things we build, the things we leave behind.’
‘Magical, lo-fi & quirkily poetic’ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
‘A jewel … an immersive, dreamlike experience.’ – All Edinburgh Theatre
‘… a delicious quarter of an hour that feels like you’ve slipped into a quiet oasis.’ – The List
January 9, 2015
Very pleased to be part of the reading team for the Poetry School’s Spring Term Launch. I’ll be performing alongside Róisín Tierney and students from the Poetry School. The event is free, so do come early. It’d be lovely to see you there.
Launch the new term with us!
The Tea House Theatre is a cosy venue ten minutes down the road from the Poetry School’s London classrooms, and right on the doorstep of Vauxhall station. Perfect for poetry, the stage is a large magic carpet spread out in front of a fireplace, and the audience ranges cabaret style round chairs and tables and battered leather sofas.
Their cakes are very good.
We’ll be launching the new courses and workshops of our term which starts in January, and celebrating the work of our students.
* Readings from Spring Term tutors Rosin Tierney (teaching a course on the poetry of place) and Ryan Van Winkle (running an online course on writing what you don’t know), and students from Simon Barraclough’s recent poetry and Samuel Beckett course
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Readings start from 7.30pm, doors are open for drinking and chatting from 6.30pm.
The Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL
Get there early to reserve a seat – entrance is free
January 7, 2015
Delighted to announce that Viewmaster will be live and reading to you in person at the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries! Myself and the super talented Dan Gorman will be reading and playing on Friday 30 (9-11am; 1-3.30pm) and Saturday 31 (7-9.15pm). It’s a 15 minute show, tickets are £5/£4 (conc), and you can book to avoid disappointment here.
Please Note: due to concerns about the suitability of Greyfriars Church, the performances will now be taking place in the Electric Theatre Workshop space. If you’re in town for the Big Supper, do come and join us.
ViewMaster is – a personal slideshow for your eyes and ears only. Poet Ryan Van Winkle and musician Dan Gorman lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal jounrey to a distant land and bring you back in under 15 minutes.
Ryan Van Winkle is a Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries. In 2012 his show Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel was one of the top ten best-rated shows at Edinburgh Fringe.
Dan Gorman is a musician who has done field recordings in Afghanistan, Syria and an abandoned military base in Germany.
October 6, 2014
Really excited to be one of the hundred poets producing and reading work at the second edition of Camaradefest, the mass-collaboration project organised by our friend SJ Fowler. It’s happening on Saturday 25 October at the Rich Mix Centre down London Town, kicking off at 12noon and running into the wee hours. Tickets are free, hope to see you there.
There is nothing quite like Camaradefest. 100 poets come together in 50 pairs to premiere brand new collaborative pieces of innovative poetry.
Beginning at 12 noon and ending late into the night, Camaradefest evidences the endlessly exciting potential of collaboration in poetry and the true depth, width and brilliance of 21st century poetics. Expect no two works the same, and following on from the great success of the first fest last year, an unforgettable way to experience contemporary poetry.
Get a taste, view the videos from the first fest here:http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/camaradefest-videos.html
What: Camaradefest II
When: Saturday 25 October, 12noon-late
Where: Rich Mix Arts Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London.
How Much: FREE
September 30, 2014
This Thursday 2 October I’ll have the great pleasure of hosting and introducing a night of poetry, music and cinema to launch Highlight Arts, the organisation formerly known as Reel Festivals. The line-up is outstanding, including Golan Haji coming all the way from Syria, doors are at 7.30pm, tickets are free but do book in advance.
Join us for the launch of HIGHLIGHT ARTS.
FREE EVENT with international music, poetry and film, featuring:
– Golan Haji (Syria)
– Krystelle Bamford
– Emily Ballou
– Kaela Rowan
– DJ Dolphin Boy
– Short films from Iraq, Syria and more…
– Complimentary food and drink
Thursday October 2nd 2014
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tickets are FREE but limited to 4 per person – available via website or box office.
Tel: 0131 556 9579
The team behind Reel Festivals (Reel Syria, Reel Iraq and Reel Afghanistan), would like to invite you to join us in ushering in a new era as ‘Reel’ becomes ‘Highlight Arts’ (www.highlightarts.org)
Featuring a hand-picked selection of international music, poetry and film from Reel’s ground-breaking projects past, present and a with a nod to what’s in store for the future.
Just announced: Syrian poet and author Golan Haji will be flying in for the event and will be involved in some poetry translations.
What: Highlight Arts Launch
Where: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 High Street, Edinburgh
When: Thursday 2 October, 7.30pm
How Much: FREE.
September 23, 2014
Really excited to be involved with a new anthology of Scottish poems edited by Colin Waters, Be the First to Like This, launching on Thursday 25 September at the Scottish Poetry Library. Tickets are free, but booking is essential. There are a bunch of really talented poets included, some you might already know, some you’ll be delighted to meet. The launch kicks off at 6.30pm, there will be wine, chat and poems. Hope to see you there.
Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry is an anthology gathering together Scotland’s new generation of poets.
Here, the classically formal mixes with the wildly experimental. Subjects are as diverse as texting, fancying film stars, dole offices, quantum physics, and Richard Branson; the common denominator is modernity, a sense these are poems that could only have been written in the early twenty-first century.
A selection of the poets featured in the anthology will read at the launch.
What: Launch of Be the First to Like This
When: Thursday 25 September, 6.30pm
Where: Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh
How Much: FREE. Book here.