Desert Island Poems — 12 April, 2011

April 8, 2011

Our ‘Desert Island Poems’

12 April, 2011 — 6:30pm

Edinburgh Central Library, Boardroom


Edinburgh’s Reader in Residence, Ryan Van Winkle, and friends share favourite poems in a multimedia extravaganza… performance poet Harry Giles, master of scifi poetry Russell Jones, and SPL’s own Peggy Hughes.

Free, but booking essential – call Annie Bell on 0131 242 8046 or to reserve your place

I hope you can make it along to this special event. We’ll be reading from and showing clips of our favourite poems. Sure to be an eclectic and engaging evening of poetry fun. — R

Scottish Poem of the Sea

October 3, 2009

I thought I’d share this short poem I recently found in an anthology called “Scottish Poems of the Sea” at the SPL. I used it at a Nothing But the Poem session but didn’t get to discuss it long enough.

Mansie Considers the Sea in the Manner of Hugh MacDiarmid

The sea, I think, I lazy

It just obeys the moon

— All the same I remember what Engels said:

‘Freedom is the consciousness of neccessity.’

Ian Hamilton Finlay

published in “Translated Kingdoms: Scottish Poems of the Sea” by NMSE – Publishing Ltd.

The next Nothing But the Poem is at the SPL on 6 October at 18.30. Maybe see you there?

Ryan is Reading at the Bowery Book Club

July 7, 2009


I will be reading at the Bowery’s monthly poetry night, The Bowery Book Club, on Wednesday the 15th of July. There will be short poems and there will be long introductions. Joining me in the reading room will be:

Kelli Boyles

Niki Andrikopolou

Natalia Herrero

Kate Charles

The reading starts at 8pm and is ABSOLUTELY FREE. Come and enjoy some fine poems and short stories.