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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.

Poetry School Spring Term Launch

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

(The cat image is from http://beckittns.tumblr.com/ – the best source of Samuel Beckett motivational quote cat posters)

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

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Ryan joins Screen Bandita in the Battersea Arts Centre

October 30, 2013

I’ll be in London this weekend working on a scratch theatre piece with Screen Bandita, cooking up some collage poems with your old photos and spools of super 8 film. It’s at the Battersea Arts Centre, Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm, and it’s totally free. See you there!

Screen Bandita and Ryan Van Winkle invite you to contribute to their participatory, community gathering: a welcoming space in which to share, speak and see.

Do you have any spools of Super 8 film or old slides gathering dust in the attic? Bring them along and we’ll project them for you! And if you have any old photographs you’d like to share, come and display them in our pop-up gallery! Soundtracking the afternoon will be a pair of antiquated Russian gramophones and a myriad of interesting records from our collection.

Poet Ryan Van Winkle would be pleased to see any old newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or to talk about memorable local events. We’ll also have copies of posters and clippings from the BAC archive and Ryan will be leading a workshop on ‘collage poems’ melding your own history with that of the area.

Suitable for young and old, this friendly, informal session is a chance to rediscover films from your collection, as well as an opportunity share memories, recollections and stories.

What: Bring Your Own Archive with Screen Bandita

Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TN

When: Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm

How Much: FREE

Ryan is Observed

May 14, 2013

In advance of my show at the London Literature Festival, there was a little interview (and big picture) of me in the Sunday Observer Magazine. Come see me for a glass of port and some poems while I’m in London 31 May – 1 June.

Kind Words for Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel at BAC

March 20, 2013

My one-man poetry experiment Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel got even more generous reviews during its short run at the Battersea Arts Centre. Here’s further proof that people are lovely and say words about things.

OneStopArts.com: **** ‘There is something about curating a room and condensing an experience into a tight fifteen minutes that is like writing a poem, choosing a form and filling it with images. […] Red, Like Our Room Used To Feel offers a unique way of experiencing poetry, together with a unique perspective on another person’s life. I will certainly be going back to find out what’s in the other envelopes.’ – Becky Brewis

LoveTheatre.net: ‘This is poetry made fluttering and ephemeral, rapidly dissipating into the warm air and attaching itself to objects and thoughts. Much of this is achieved by the gentle presence of Ryan himself, whose voice lulls and cradles, sending the mind on journeys. […] I was also struck by how the piece somehow manages to be both intensely personal and overwhelmingly generous. It is as though, by indulging in this space of imagination and memory, Ryan offers us the room – in more than one way – to traverse our own imaginings and reminiscences.’ – Catherine Love

The Stone and the Star: ‘It was all rather magical. I’m a bit at a loss as to how to describe it, especially without giving everything away, but even if I described it in minutest detail I couldn’t really convey the sense of comfort and nostalgia. It was certainly one of the most unique poetry experiences I have ever had, if not one of the most unique experiences full stop.’ – Clarissa Ackroyd

And keep your eyes open — the Red Room will be returning to London at the end of May as part of the London Literature Festival. Fingers crossed, I’ll see you there! For previous reviews click along here.

Golden Hour Tour Diary Part Two…

September 2, 2009

Part two of the Golden Hour Tour diary by Jason Morton and Ericka Duffy went up ages ago on the music and arts website Drowned in Sound! This follow-up to the original documents our travels through Paris, London and Cambridge. There’s a whole bunch of video footage and music from all the performers.

If you weren’t there — you can pretend you were. And if you were there — you can remember the magic.

The Golden  Hour Tour was supported by The Scottish Arts Council. Thanks!

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Golden Hour European Tour — Tell Everyone!

April 16, 2009

flyerForest Publications presents…

The Golden Hour is a literary cabaret which has played to sold-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is poetry and prose, original eclectic songs and visual amazement. It is physical and mental. It is a reading. It is a gig. It is stunning puppetry. It is a party. It will be in english.

Readers / Writers:

Ryan Van Winkle – poems & stories from the Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Nick Holdstock – short stories which grow inside you like golden crocuses.

Ericka Duffy – hot new prose from her hot new chapbook called The Succubus!

Benjamin Morris – Poetry and life lessons from the number one gentleman.

Jason Morton – stories that can eat bricks.

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Jane Flett – seamstress of most fetching stories.

Music / Song Writers:

Billy Liar – Acoustic + infectious punk.

Hailey Beavis – subtle guitar, a bed for a voice, both personal and touching.

Jed Milroy – singer songwriter and hunter finally back from the Woods.

Withered Hand – intense, eccentric, bittersweet and very wry original songs.

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Jonny Berliner – Joyus songs about crustacaens, exhaustion, and gluecose.

Visual Amazement:

Paper Cinema and Kora

A cast of hand-drawn marionettes are magically brought to life. This is what happens at the accidental meeting of inkblots, photocopies, cardboard, angle-poise lamps, the occasional table, video technology, a laptop and a banana box.

Special Guests

Joining us in Berlin will be the amazing all-dancing Exploading DJ & DJ Dirk Markham

Duets: Withered Hand with Hailey Beavis

Duets: Withered Hand with Hailey Beavis

TOURDATES:

Please tell everyone you know in these cities. We hope to see you there!

29 April – Amsterdam, Cafe Sappho – Vijzelstraat 103 1017 HH (+31 6 17140296). 3 Euros Entry + Free Stolen Stories Book! 8pm – Late

2 May – BerlinStudio54, Oranienburger 54 at Tacheles – 3 Euros Entry + Free Stolen Stories Book! 9Pm – Late.

4 May – ParisShakespeare and Co – 37, Rue Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France? – 01 43 25 40 93? – Free! 7pm

5 May – LondonThe Camden Head – 100 Camden High Street, (020 7485 4019) – ? 8pm – £3 Entry + Free Stolen Stories Book! 8pm – 11pm

6 May – CambridgeCB2 – 5/7, Norfolk St, Cambridge – £3 Entry + Free Stolen Stories Book! 8Pm – 11pm

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