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Ryan’s poems make a Return Flight to Edinburgh

June 8, 2017

My work will be featured this Friday night at the Number Shop – Studios and Gallery. Doors open at 7pm, close late, with a bar run by Edinbrew.

The Number Shop – Studios and Gallery is proud to present RETURN FLIGHT: a cross-continental exhibition, publication and creative exchange between artists and writers in Edinburgh and Melbourne.

~~~ Opening FRIDAY 9th JUNE 7pm – late ~~~
Local heroes Edinbrew will be running a bar on the opening night and we will be selling copies of the project publication also.
Open 10th – 23rd June. 12-5pm daily. Open until 8pm on 23rd.

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ABOUT RETURN FLIGHT:
Artists are often asked to illustrate writing. In RETURN FLIGHT, the process is reversed. We asked ten artists to respond to the idea of ‘place’, before assigning each work to a writer from the opposite city. The writers could respond however they liked, but without the luxury of context: both artwork and artist names were withheld until the end.

The result? A series of compelling and surprising works that suggest our global creative community is tighter than we think.

FEATURING (MEL <> EDI) :
Roz Bellamy << Molly McEwan
Tony Birch << Alessandro Di Massimo
Aimee Fairman >> Katherine McMahon
Madison Griffiths << Flo Gordon
Phoebe Hearps >> Nick Holdstock
Matto Lucas >> Harry Giles
Mardi Nowak >> Jenny Lindsay
Robert Skinner << Lewis Matheson
Mitch Walder >> Ryan Van Winkle
Chloe Wilson << Natasha Russell
Jane Flett >> Devika Bilimoria

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– RETURN FLIGHT MEL-EDI publication is hot off the press, featuring new art and words from the likes of Natasha Russell, Alessandro Di Massimo, Flo Gordon, Molly McEwan and Lewis Matheson.

– The Number Shop is a wheelchair-accessible venue, please find our further accessibility details on Euan’s Guide. If you have any particular access requirements let us know – we want you there.

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CURATED BY ELIZAVETA MALTSEVA | PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOING DOWN SWINGING

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!

Steal Stories / Buy Forest

December 5, 2010

Save The Forest / Steal the Stories

As many of you know — The Forest is in real danger of losing their premises to property developers who may turn this vital community space into a Tesco, Costa Coffee, or Pub / Club Complex a la Frankenstein’s. Currently, The Forest is seeking community support and donations in order to BUY THE BUILDING and ensure there is an open and free social space for artists and organizers of all sorts to meet and play. Please help The Forest by making a donation or — if you can’t donate — consider Stolen Stories as an excellent Stocking Stuffer. It is crammed with great stories, has a beautiful cover by Martin McKenna and fits right in your pocket. Like all good stolen things. Love the arts / support the arts.  You can read more about The Forest campaign on The Guardian Blog.

BUY STOLEN STORIES HERE

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Description: Never, ever trust a writer. They cluck and nod and listen and then, three months later, they splash your tragedy/foolishness/very embarrassing incident involving a raspberry jelly and a pair of warm curling tongs over the tawdry pages of a literary quarterly. We feel there is no shame in this.

Quite the opposite: we believe this ugly fact deserves to be celebrated with all the pomp and hullaballoo we can possibly muster. Therefore we have compiled an anthology of the finest stolen stories, the anecdotes and overheard conversations that simply demand to be told. We feel that it is time to be honest.

This is where our ideas come from. Read more!

Reviews

‘A good series of entertaining stories.’ [Nat Smith, The Skinny]

Interview at Books from Scotland

Featured Authors:

  • Applesauce, Angus Woodward
  • Down on Luck, Lindsay Bower
  • Not Dead Yet, Lily? Ron Butlin
  • A Tree Guards the Road, Lucille Valentine
  • Covers, Rusty Harris
  • One Story Only, Alison Miller
  • I Would Never Eat a Tapir, Sarah Salway
  • Suck, Blow, Lauren Simpson
  • Tandem, Dinh Vong
  • Not Even an Ambulance Can Save You, Jo Swingler
  • The Death Queue, Regi Claire
  • Story, Louis E. Bourgeois
  • Red Wagon, Nicole Reid
  • King of Kings (of Leon), Craig Bayne
  • What is it That You Want? Alison Key
  • Teehanu, Nick Holdstock

Support Forest / Buy Awesome Gifts!

December 4, 2010

Buy The Forest / Buy Books

If you’ve been following the Save The Forest campaign, you know that the premises at 3 Bristo Place is up for sale. This means costly relocation, closure or The FOREST buys the building. Everyone can help the cause and I’ll hope you’ll consider buying one of these fine anthologies from Forest Publications. All proceeds will go directly to buying or relocating The Forest and you’ll get a lovely anthology of the finest new writing, and great music! Support this worthwhile cause. See below for all the details of go directly to Forest Publication’s on-line store to make a purchase!

The Golden Hour Book (and CD) Vol. II

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IS THE GOLDEN HOUR BOOK SUITABLE FOR YOU?

If you enjoy words, the answer is ‘yes’. If you enjoy sounds, the answer is ‘yes’. Even if you have not answered ‘yes’, the answer is still ‘yes’. For The Golden Hour Book Volume II is not just a book: it is also a natural resource that may save your life. Its pages will burn without being consumed. It keeps tigers away.

The accompanying CD is equally essential: it can be used as a plate, or better still, sharpened and thrown like a shuriken into the throat of your enemy. Even if the end approaches, there is still the consolation of the words and sounds within — fine poems, stories, and songs from over three dozen poets, writers and musicians — all of which are guaranteed to take your mind off things.

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‘There is genuine wit, deep feeling and real entertainment in this most enjoyable volume. Light-hearted and serious by turns, The Golden Hour Book Volume II contains some of the best and freshest new writing I have come across for quite a while.’

– Ron Butlin, Edinburgh Makar

Words From

  • Ericka Duffy, When We Were Broke
  • Andrew Philip, The Melody at Night, With You; The Berlin Jar; Watergaw
  • Jane Griffiths, Lessons From My First Giraffe, Laws of Physics, St Stephen Place
  • Spencer Thompson, Pancake, Am I a Bastard?
  • Julia Boll, A House in Disorder
  • Gloria Dawson, Lapse, A La Fin Tu Es Las
  • Benjamin Morris, What I Like in Fights, The Apricot Pit, Hitchin
  • Jason Morton, The Basics of Time Travel
  • Kapka Kassabova, Buenos Aires: When I Return
  • Alan Gillis, Anglican, Sifting Through
  • Kona Macphee, Leprosy, fen train
  • Phil Harrison, The Birds, Like
  • Nick Holdstock, A Golden Bowl
  • Aiko Harman, Lunch, Dragon Sculpting
  • Russell Jones, The Electric, How to Kill a Blackbird, B. 1984
  • Robert Alan Jamieson, The Commissioners Investigate
  • Jane Flett, Flamingos
  • Claire Askew, Flash; Dreaming My Mother: Tynefield, Penrith, 1974
  • Ryan Van Winkle, Open the Connections, She Says; Waiting for the Ocean; The Apartment
  • Lindsay Bower, What it’s Like When You’re Older

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Music From

  • Billy Liar, It Starts Here
  • Vadoinmessico, Cave
  • Mat Riviere, FYH
  • Tuberians, Tuberians Have Landed
  • Bob Hilary & The Massive Mellow, Hear Mi
  • The Black Diamond Express, Jack
  • Asazi Space Funk Explosion, Syababona
  • Kevin Molloy, Goddess Of The Rain
  • Sarazin Blake, India Or Spain
  • Skeleton Bob, Love Song
  • Diddley Squat, Camel Song
  • Robin Grey, Women
  • Mammoth, Sunshine
  • Groaner & Heid, Massive Genius
  • Jonny Berliner, Kneeling Down
  • Poor Edward, Children Of Little Or No Importance
  • Francois & The Atlas Mountains, I’m So Glad I Met You
  • Chandra, Malaika
  • Jack Richold, Lady Of The Calico
  • Withered Hand, Takeaway Food

Reviews

“The CD sounds like that tent you find in the middle of the madness of one of the larger festivals. You know the tent, the one where you have no idea who any of the people on the stage are, but you find yourself staying there all day just to see who’s on next. With over 20 contributors, including the likes of Billy Liar, Withered hand, Skeleton Bob, Johnny Berliner, Chandra and The Black Diamond Express amongst others, I can almost guarantee that your new favourite song is contained within, waiting to be discovered.

‘When we Were Broke’ by Ericka Duffy is possibly one of the most beautiful and true stories I have ever read. It’s been a long time since a story has made me choke up. Other highlights, which are hard to pick out from a book made up of highlights, include ‘The Birds, Like’ by Phil Harrison, a wickedly captivating tale told from the point of view of a frustrated bully, and the poem ‘Lunch’ by Aiko Harman, if only because it mentions peanut butter, which in my world is a condiment. All in all this collection is a superb little package that you will return to over and over, highly recommended. ” – Unpeeled.com, Nov 2009

National Post

“A very impressive literary and music anthology. A dinky little paperback packed with stories and poetry, most of which are very good indeed, and a 20 track CD full of bands I have never heard of but also mostly splendid. (****)” – Scott Pack, Dec 2009

The Beat Surrender, 18 Dec 2009

“An eclectic, experimental, gently explosive treasure trove that brings together some of the creative combustions which light up the Forest Cafe.” – Edinburgh Evening News, 2 Jan 2010

“Reviewing this collection is like trying to herd cats into a sack — beautiful cats, strangely furred rippling, not quite tamed. It is a bold and commendable venture: to give voice to a number of (relatively) unknown artists although many of the writers have been short-listed for or won prizes. The Forest is to be applauded for the originality of this project. There is simply too much to cram into this review …. Best thing to do: buy a copy. Invite some friends round. Open some bottles. Host your own Golden Hour. Dance to poetry. Then do it again next week.” – Northwords Now, Autumn 2009


The Golden Hour – Festival Special

August 11, 2009

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August 19th — The Festival Special

Readers / Writers:

Jen Hadfield – a remarkably original and inventive poet who recently won the TS Eliot prize.

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!

Jason Morton – stories that can eat bricks.

Music / Song Writers:

Billy Liar – Acoustic + infectious punk.

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 crustaceans, exhaustion, and glucose.

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The Black Diamond Express – a rocking, hell-playing, old time string band.


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.

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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