Ryan reads with Latvian poets at Hay Festival

April 5, 2017

On Tuesday 30 May I’ll be reading alongside Welsh poets Alys Conran and Rhys Trimble, and Latvian poets Valts Ernštreits and Inga Gaile at the Hay Festival. Tickets are £6.30 and we’ll be toasting with some regional specialties.



Event 253Venue: Compass

Leading lights from Latvia’s vibrant poetry scene join contemporaries from Scotland and Wales for a rich reading in three languages. The award-winning poets will share newly translated poems, collaborations and experiments in a special event which reflects their friendship and celebrates the role art plays in building bridges between cultures.

Toasted with Latvian Riga Balsams and Welsh Whisky.
Price: £6.30

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Ryan reads in Germany at the Fort Gorgast Festival

June 12, 2015

For all our fans in sunny Germany, the Fort Gorgast Festival is on this July, from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26, and I’ll be reading at 2pm on Friday 24. If you’re in town, if you like big fields, camping, sunshine, music and poems and general partytimes, do come along. It’ll be a blast.

Ryan at the Kelburn Garden Party

July 2, 2014

It’s that time of year again. Time to go party at a castle. I’ll be reading some poems at Kelburn Garden Party, a great independent music and art festival out in the wild west coast of Scotland. The full programme is out, the lineup looks great, hope to see you there in shades and sandals.

What: Kelburn Garden Party

Where: Kelburn Castle [How to get there]

When: Friday 4 July – Sunday 6 July

How Much: Info here.

Ryan Goes Doune the Rabbit Hole

August 4, 2013

In the second-last week of August I’ll be at the Doune the Rabbit Hole festival, which this year is at sunny Cardross Estate , near Port of Menteith in Stirlingshire. The festival runs from Thursday 22 – Sunday 25, and I’m thoroughly pleased to be collaborating with long-time pals Hiva Oa on Friday night and performing solo on in the Poetry tent sometime on Saturday afternoon. Or something. It is a festival and all up in the air and / or mud.

Tickets for the full stretch are £88, and day tickets can be picked up for £30. The festival provides bus services from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Falkirk and Stirling, and gives loads of good, ethical travel advice.

Many thanks to Ed Stack and the Ten Tracks / Decagram crew.

Ryan heads to the Outskirts Festival in Easterhouse, Glasgow

April 8, 2013

Glasgow’s Outskirts Festival is back for its second year in Platform, Easterhouse, and I am joining them. Outskirts celebrates art that crosses boundaries, blurs the lines between disciplines and salutes those artists who thrive on the edges, and got huge praise from all and sundry for their inaugural show last year.

This time round I’ll be reading some poems, and later in the evening putting my conversational skills to work as host/interrogator for journalist, novelist and comedian Rob Newman. Rob is a really talented writer and an ardent ecologist (which we love), he’ll be talking about his new book The Trade Secret, published by our friends at Cargo, and I’ll be posing him the tough questions, like “what is the secret of the trade”.

If that weren’t enough, the day-long festival features music from A Hawk and a Hacksaw, The Crying Lion and Frist Frugt, performances from Sonata for a Man and a Boy, Xana Marwick – You Suffer but Why, plus some excellent installations and exhibitions that will give you pause then blow your mind. See you there.

What: Platform presents: Outskirts Festival 2013

When: Saturday 20 April, 3.30pm-10pm. There’s a bus from Mono Café to Platform at 2.30, and one back at 10, for a pleasant £4 round trip. (I’m on about 6.45 and in conversation with Rob about 8pm)

Where: Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW. Platform has a handy guide on how to get there.

How Much: £15 / £12.50 LOCAL LINKS – Ticket with food
£10/ £7.50  LOCAL LINKS
Under 12s Free without food
Recommended for the whole family.

I’m really excited to be part of this, and it would be mega cool to see you there.