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Ryan hosts Five Simmer: A Night of Poetry and Flavour

November 11, 2017

This Friday 17 Novemeber, Claire Askew, Jo Clifford, Christine De Luca and Harry Giles will give readings matched with four dishes in collaboration with Edinburgh Food Studio, for the newest installment of the Simmer reading and dining series.

The dinner costs £45 per person, with an optional drinks pairing of £35 with drinks chosen to match the menu, and, of course, the poems. Dinner is served at 8pm and guests are welcomed to join us from 7:30pm onwards. You can book your tickets here.

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This unique collaboration series between food & poetry will use flavour, scent, and colour in response to some of Scotland’s most distinct voices. A delicious evening which will touch all of your senses.

Hosted by Salitre award winning poet  Ryan Van Winkle, ‘Simmer’ pairs four poets with dishes carefully selected & prepared to illuminate and echo their work. Readings will be from Claire Askew, Christine DeLuca, Jo Clifford, and Harry Giles.

Photo by  Sally Jubb Photography

Photo by  Sally Jubb Photography

Claire Askew’s debut poetry collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the 2016 Saltire First Book Award, the 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, and the 2017 Michael Murphy Memorial Award.  Claire is also a novelist, and her debut novel — winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize — is forthcoming from Hodder & Stoughton in August 2018.  Claire is the current Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh-based Christine De Luca writes in English and Shetlandic, her mother tongue.  She was Edinburgh’s Makar for 2014-2017.  Besides children’s stories and a novel, she has had seven poetry collections and four bi-lingual volumes published (French, Italian, Icelandic and Norwegian) and participated in festivals e.g. in Canada, India, France, Norway and Iceland.  

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Jo Clifford is a playwright, poet, performer and teacher who is also a proud father and grandmother. She is the author of about 90 plays, many of which have been performed all over the world. 

Work this year includes “The House of Bernarda Alba” (Graeae and Royal Exchange, Manchester), “War in America” (Attic Collective). She has also been performing her “Gospel According to Jesus Queen Of Heaven” and the play continues to tour Brazil in a Portuguese translation. She has just returned from Uruguay and Argentina where the play is touring in Spanish. In the summer she performed “EVE”, which she co-wrote with Chris Goode, during the Edinburgh Fringe at the Traverse Theatre and the at the Citizens in Glasgow in a National Theatre of Scotland production. She is currently writing a new play for Manchester’s Royal Exchange.

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Harry Giles is from Orkney and lives in Edinburgh. Their latest publication is the collection Tonguit from Freight Books, shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. They were the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion, co-direct the live art platform ANATOMY, and have toured participatory theatre across Europe and Leith. www.harrygiles.org

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If the previous iteration of Simmer is anything to go by, it will be a surefire success, and a joy for all. The dinner costs £45 per person, with an optional drinks pairing of £35 with drinks chosen to match the menu, and of course, the poems. Dinner is served at 8pm and guests are welcomed to join us from 7:30 onwards.

The Golden Hour Returns

August 29, 2016

In which we make a fresh start. Featuring words, music, projections, snacks, boiler suits and dancing.
With: 2Man(l)yDJs, Jo Clifford, Ericka Duffy, ESBAT Collective, Far Yella, Vicki Feaver, James Iremonger, Lake Montgomery, Screen Bandita, Suited & Booted, JL Williams, Withered Hand.

Scottish Poetry Library Podcast: Ryan’s Last Cut

May 11, 2015

For seven years Colin Fraser and I have been making the Scottish Poetry Library podcast. In that time I’ve had the opportunity to interview over 100 poets, many of whom you’ll know. In this, our final episode, we look back at some of my favourite moments. In this very special episode, you’ll hear candid clips, bemused moments, revelations and advice from some of the world’s most talented and generous poets. My sincere thanks to everyone who has allowed me to talk with them over the years and we wish Jennifer Williams and Colin Waters the best in helming the SPL podcast from here.

Featuring: Robert Pinsky, Caroline Bird, Sarah Broom, Owen Sheers, Jed Milroy, Matthew Zapruder, Jane Hirshfield, Golan Haji, Sabreen Khadim, Krystelle Bamford, John Glenday, Mark Doty, Paula Meehan, Adam Zagajewski and Mary Ruefle.

And if you want to continue listening to the podcasts Colin & I make, you can find all sorts of conversations on our Culture Laser podcast including favourites like this conversation with the playwright Jo Clifford.

If you enjoyed our final episode or want to share your favourite memories from our SPL podcast you can tweet to [email protected] or just drop me a line. We’d love to hear what were your favourite poetry podcast conversations.

Culture Laser: Live from the Forest Café

January 11, 2015

Highlights from our final Culture Laser Live event of 2014, recorded at the Forest Cafe in Edinburgh. Apologies for the lower than usual sound quality in this podcast – we had some holiday season gremlins in the mics. Featuring a short excerpt from Jo Clifford, a longer excerpt from novelist Nick Holdstock with music from Jack O’ Diamonds and GOL. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle of Culture Laser Productions. Series producer Colin Fraser. With financial support from Creative Scotland www.culturelaser.com

Culture Laser Live: Winter Warmer

December 1, 2014

Delighted to invite you to the basement of the Forest Café to warm your toes and treat your ears for the Decemberest Culture Laser Live of 2014, A Winter Warmer.

A Winter Warmer for your Dark Dark Ears

3 December
18.30
The Forest, eh3 9jz
FREE FREE FREE

Jo Clifford — reads from her award-winning, fringe-smashing, heretic-sounding ‘Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven’.

Nick Holdstock — the writer opens his cockles for your auditory pleasure.

GOL — a rare live session from one of our favourite Scottish / Iranian bands — electronica & hiphop jazzed up with Persian influence.

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+ special guests & tunes from the Culture Laser Band O’ One — Jack of Diamonds!

Viewmaster Pamphlet Launch! With Jo Clifford and Stewed Rhubarb

July 26, 2014

Really excited to launch the Viewmaster pamphlet with the lovely people at Stewed Rhubarb Press. The launch is happening this Tuesday 29 July in Looking Glass Books (3 Porter’s Walk, EH3 9GG) at 6.30pm. The show is free, the pamphlet is £3 (you can buy physical or e-book copies here), and it would be awesome to see you there.

Stewed Rhubarb is unhealthy ecstatic to announce its publication of two new pamphlets: Jo Clifford’s “The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven” and Ryan Van Winkle’s “ViewMaster”.

We’ll be celebrating with a launch party at Looking Glass Books. It’s FREE ENTRY, with a WINE RECEPTION and READINGS by the two authors.

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven – Jo Clifford

A candlelit, peaceful, meditative end to a hard day on the Fringe. The archbishop of Glasgow called this vision of a transgender Jesus ‘an affront to the Christian faith’. He never saw it. Listen to those who did: ‘Queen Jesus reminds us of the purity of sex and pleasure, the importance of empathy. We hold hands, and remember what it means not to be alone’. Jo Clifford’s revolutionary and spiritual work reaches the Fringe for the first time since its explosive and controversial 2009 opening. It promises to be very special.

ViewMaster – Ryan Van Winkle & Dan Gorman

A personal slideshow for your eyes and ears only. Poet Ryan Van Winkle and musician Dan Gorman lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land and bring you back in under 15 minutes. Ryan Van Winkle is 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 the Edinburgh Fringe. Dan Gorman is a musician who has done field recordings in Afghanistan, Syria and an abandoned military base in Germany. Part of the Made in Scotland showcase.

Fuelled by ginger wine & late nights, Stewed Rhubarb Press specialises in publishing pamphlets & poetry by the best spoken word artists out there.

Event URL: http://stewedrhubarb.org/post/91489572391/stewedrhubarbpresentsryanvanwinkeandjoclifford

Jo Clifford Talks to the Culture Laser

April 10, 2013

In this edition of the Culture Laser we talk with playwright Jo Clifford about Spanish theatre, particularly her translation of Pedro Calderón de la Barca, becoming a performer and how being a trans* woman has influenced her writing and informed her cultural views. Jo says, “I’m not a male playwright, I’m not a female playwright, I’m a transsexual woman playwright”. We had a fascinating discussion about the dangers of writing, cultural misogyny, the power of adaptation, the power that theatre can have over an audience (and a playwright!). You can find out a whole lot more about Jo on her website! We also feature the track ‘Won’t Wait’ from Turtle Lamone’s album Bedroom Walls.

Click the tiny triangle for a fantastic half hour of words.

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