Ryan and JO Morgan at Decagram, Hidden Door

March 31, 2014

Just a quick reminder that myself and JO Morgan, last seen collaborating on ‘All Signs’, will be joining Hiva Oa, Lipsync for a Lullabye and a line-up of super talented musicians, writers and visual artists for Decagram, part of DAY 7 (aka Thursday 3 April) of the Hidden Door Festival. It all kicks off at 7pm, see you there!

DECAGRAM is a transcendental fusion of contemporary, classical, post-rock, tribal, noise, dub and hip hop that will eat your brains.

The bill of highly contrasting music artists will collaborate at the transitions between sets, creating a seamless three hours of music set against a spectacular visual feast of short film, animation, improvised visuals, motion graphics and projection mapping.

Programmed by Ed Stack of Ten Tracks


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Ryan Opens Some Hidden Doors

March 12, 2014

Very pleased to be doing a couple of mega-events at the big Hidden Door Fest in Edinburgh. I totally love the spirit and brilliance of this event and there’s a ton of brilliant stuff to dig into so make sure to get yourself along.
Here’s where I’ll be appearing:
* THE HIDDEN DOOR CAMARADE PROJECT, in which I team up with awesome poet and artist Sarah Kelly and eight other pairs of poets to premiere original collaborative poetry. Saturday 29 March, 9-11pm.
* DECAGRAM where I’ll be doing a poem with JO Morgan and some mind-bending music and visuals. The whole event is going to be in the key of Major. More details hereThursday 3 April, 7pm.

Ryan Collaborates with Hiva Oa and Ania Urbanowska

January 7, 2014

If you’ve got a bit of time out today, or fancy putting something relaxing in your ears (and maybe eyes), have a listen to ‘water with wind, later fire’, a piece by Hiva Oa featuring words by Mesa Begic and myself from the Commiserate project and pictures by Ania Urbanowska. Enjoy.

Ryan Joins Hiva Oa at DECAGRAM 1.1

December 5, 2013

I will be performing at Henry’s Cellar Bar Saturday 7 December with our good pals Hiva Oa at DECAGRAM, Ten Tracks Collective’s party night.

The DECAGRAM collective bring you a series of extended Saturday nights with short film and visuals, live music and club in one. Featuring DECAGRAM artists joined by very special guests …

Tiered pricing ensures those most inquisitive for a bit of independent film and audio/visual collaboration (7pm) can stay right through the gig (9pm) to the club night (11pm) for only £3.

Whilst those arriving later for what they prefer about the night don’t pay an arm and a leg (gig £4; club £4/£6).

The headline band for the gig *is* the band for the club night, and plays at 11pm before the club price goes up to £6 (midnight) for the live electronic set and/or DJs.


When: Saturday 7 December, Short Films kick off at 7pm, Live music at 9, Club at midnight

Where: Henry’s Cellar Bar, 16 Morrison St, Edinburgh, EH3 8BJ

How Much: 7pm tickets £3, 9pm tickets £4, midnight tickets £6/4.

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.

Catch Up with the Culture Lasers

April 28, 2013

In case you’ve missed them in the past few weeks, here’s the most recent editions of the Culture Laser podcast for you listening pleasure. Brew up a steamy cuppa tea, put your feet up and enjoy!

Paper Trails with Mandy Haggith

I got rid of my printer a few weeks ago because I’d stopped using it. So is everyone reducing the amount of paper they use? Considering the sheer volume of my literary output, I obviously have a very special relationship with paper, and so I was fascinated to sit down to talk with activist and writer Mandy Haggith, author of Paper Trails: From Trees to Trash – the True Cost of Paper, a book about where all the paper we use comes from. She shares a number of alarming statistics- including the fact that catalogue retailer Argos used to be responsible for 1 per cent of the UK’s total consumption of paper. We also feature the track ‘Ghosts’ from Hiva Oa.

Elena Alexieva

During a recent trip to Sofia, Bulgaria for Literature Across Frontiers, I put out a call for interesting people to meet and was put in touch with the Bulgarian writer Elena Alexieva. Although initially described to me as a crime writer, I soon discovered she was much more than that. I also caught up with poet and translator Ivan Hristov while he was in Sofia and we feature one of his songs, Rado Fair Rado.

Richard Holloway

Art can change lives, change societies and start revolutions. So we find out on this week’s episode featuring broadcaster and writer Richard Holloway, chairman of Sistema Scotland, a charity set up in the belief that children can gain huge social benefits by playing in a symphony orchestra. Richard also discusses his work with LGBT Youth Scotland and some of the reasons why he stepped down as Bishop of Edinburgh. We also feature a poem from Jacob Sam-La Rose (@jsamlarose) about young people describing their own lives in a poetic way. And we squeeze in the fantastic track ‘I Believe’ from Edinburgh based singer Lake Montgomery.