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Ryan in Montréal for un Soirée Québec-Écosse

May 19, 2016

I’ll be performing at the Festival de la Poésie de Montréal with a cohort of Edinburgh-based pals — Jennifer Williams (accompanied by James Iremonger), Rachel McCrum and Peter Mackay, alongside Québecois poets Stéphane Despatie, Ian Ferrier, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Jonathan Lamy and Samuel Mercier.

It’s happening at 9pm on Thursday 2 June at Maison des écrivains (3492, avenue Laval, Montréal). If you’re in the Montréal environs, it’d be awesome to see you there.

Ryan with Billy Liar & Pals for Refugee Survival Trust

January 15, 2016

I’ll be co-hosting this amazing, all-night EP launch and Refugee Survival Trust benefit show, featuring so many fantastic people. All proceeds go to the RST, and you’ll have a blast. Hope to see you there.

FEATURING LIVE SETS FROM:

BILLY LIAR & PAPER RIFLES

HONEYBLOOD (SOLO)

THE MURDERBURGERS (SOLO)

SUPERMOON (EX-MEURSAULT)

LOVERS TURN TO MONSTERS

TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR

RICHY NEILL

DOG ON A SWING

FAITH ELLIOT

TURTLE LAMONE

WITH YOUR HOSTS; RYAN VAN WINKLE (THE GOLDEN HOUR) & RACHEL MCCRUM (RALLY & BROAD) AND DJ SETS FROM CYAN BLACK & JIMMY BASTARD

ALSO, SHORT TALKS FROM A MEMBER OF THE REFUGEE SURVIVAL TRUST AND A REFUGEE WHO HAS BEEN THROUGH THE PROGRAMME

100% of the money raised from the EP release and benefit will go directly to the Refugee Survival Trust, Edinburgh (www.rst.org.uk).

The RST was set up in 1996 as a reaction to the problem of refugees and asylum claimants being made destitute in Scotland. Grants made by the RST either alleviate poverty and destitution, or help refugees and asylum claimants to overcome obstacles in accessing educational and employment opportunities.

Their work is as vital today as it has ever been.

DOORS: 6PM
COST: £5 MINIMUM
EP: £3 MINIMUM
(All proceeds go to the RST)

THANKS!

Ryan at Rally & Broad: The Hangover Special

January 13, 2016

Very excited to be part of this unique edition of Rally & Broad, doing some very cool space-specific music, words and art. Hope to see you there!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 7 – 10pm at The Bongo Club. Tickets available in advance (and cheaper!) here or £6 on the door.

[this is an unusual show, with two spaces being used simultaneously, so we’re asking everyone to arrive on time. Tickets in advance may be advisable!]

And lo, January was upon us, and so were the mighty mighty hangovers of a helluva year. Think we’re getting out of our PJ’s anytime soon? Think on…

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January brings with it two more of our ever popular Hangover Specials, where we celebrate all things fizzy, grotty and comfy. Just in time to set you up for the New Year. In Edinburgh, however, as we’ve been striving to do all year, we’re shaking it up like a raccoon in a whiskey barrel…

We’ll be curating two ssimultaneous spaces in the Bongo Club on the 22nd January, Rally’s room and Broad’s room, with very special acts in each and the audience swapping halfway through the night. The story goes that Rally & Broad have managed to lose their shoes, their memories and each other over the course of the night, and are trying to piece it all together…

Come help us do it! Along with some uplifting beats, beautiful dance and soothing, witty words to cure all ills from the likes of…

…BE CHARLOTTE!

BeC

Multi-instrumentalist and astonishing vocalist whose live performances are applauded across the Scottish music scene and beyond. She blew oor little minds with her talent – and multi coloured light up trainers – in Glasgow last year, and we’re so excited to see what she’ll bring to Edinburgh this month.

http://charlotte-music.co.uk/

 

…RYAN VAN WINKLE!

Ryan Van Winkle

Edinburgh-based poet Ryan Van Winkle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Award-winning poet whose most recent collection The Good Dark (Penned in the Margins) was awarded the Saltire Society Award for Poetry in 2015. Hurrah! So very much deserved for a man who has worked tirelessly to develop poetry in Scotland and across the world, with the Scottish Poetry Library, culturelaser podcast, his award winning solo shows including Viewmaster (with Dan Gorman) and red like our room used to feel, and of course, the glorious and chaotic triumph that was The Golden Hour. We salute you.

http://ryanvanwinkle.com/
…COLIN MCGUIRE!

ColinMcGuire

Poet and performer whose recent work explores bed, sleep, mortality and legacy and (in oor humble) is one of the most exciting, unabashedly individual, curious and idiosyncratic voices in the Scottish spoken word scene. He’ll be in his jammies too, by the way. Just sayin.’*

http://a-glaswegian.blogspot.co.uk/

…RUTH MILLS!

RuthMills
One of Scotland’s leading dancers, choreographers and movement directors whose provocative, intelligent work has seen her work with other artists in many disciplines; we’re delighted to have Ruth back with a specially devised piece for the show.

http://ruthmillsdance.blogspot.co.uk/
…ROSEANNE REID!

RoseanneReid

Up and coming folk musician and songwriter who was recently nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, making her Rally & Broad debut. Huzzah!

https://www.facebook.com/Roseanne-Reid
* we would love it if you wanted to come along in your nightwear too. Makes us feel right at home. 

Ryan at the Rally & Broad Season Finale

June 11, 2015

Really delighted and honoured to be on one heck of a show for the final Rally & Broad of Season 3, next Friday 19 June. I’ll be joining the incredibly talented poets Ross Sutherland and Hannah Silva, the heartbreaking tunes of Dan Willson aka Withered Hand and Caro Bridges, and of course your congenial hosts Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum. It’s going to be one hell of a night, it’s as ever a bargaintastic £5, really hope to see all of you at the Bongo Club, Cowgate, Friday 19 June, doors at 7pm.

Ev’ry Time We Say GoodBye (Edinburgh)…End of Season Shows!

Friday 19th June, 7pm, The Bongo Club, Cowgate, Edinburgh. With Ross Sutherland, Hannah Silva, Dan Willson (Withered Hand), Ryan Van Winkle and Caro Bridges. Tickets £5, and available in advance here

…we die a little..

And thus it ends…for this Season at least. We’ve come to the end of our third year Rally-ing & Broad-ing about the place, and we’re aff for a nap in July*. But we couldn’t go without saying goodbye… and what a goodbye it will be. Celebrating all things au revoir, a bientot, toodlepip, farewell and see ye soon with us…

Ryan supports Supermoon and Rally & Broad

January 12, 2015

Next Friday, 23 January, I will be participating in not one, but TWO great nights out in Edinburgh, supporting the launch of Supermoon, the band ‘rising from the ashes of Meursault’, and reading a collaborative piece with Rachel McCrum at the January edition of Rally & Broad, which is headlined by the outstanding performance poet Francesca Beard in a rare Scottish appearance.

These are both going to be amazing shows, both of which cost an unbelievably economical five pounds, both of which will change your life in small but indelible ways. Hope to see you at one or maybe even both!

What: Launch of Supermoon

Where: Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8 Morrison Street, Edinburgh

When: Friday 23 January, doors at 7pm

How Much: £5

 

What: Rally & Broad: The Apology Shop

Where: The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh

When: Friday 23 January, doors at 7.30pm

How Much: £5

Rachel McCrum – Commiserate, Nov 2014

October 27, 2014

What I Might Say, When I May Say It

Rachel McCrum & Ryan Van Winkle

 

Says Rachel: How a poem sounds is important to me; my way back to writing had been via a lot of readings in Edinburgh, and for me, every phrase or line has to sound just right before it goes to paper. When I started to write this with Ryan, I could hear his voice, his damn distinctive reading voice with all those big honeyed cadences playing in my head, and I found myself wanting to resist it. Clip it back. I was worried whose voice was speaking, whose story being told, what sense was (not) being made.Rachel McCrum

Turned out that I don’t think that matters. Turned out to be more fun playing with it, seeing which lines could give a little, tease a bit, and which ones wanted to stand firm. Where it took itself. What it’s about – we both have an idea, and maybe we will talk about that someday. I think it’s the same idea. To me, that it started to get written just after the Referendum had failed (can we say failed?) and how people dealt with their grief from the result, is significant. But, also, just for the writing of it – thanks for the dance.

 

 

 

What I Might Say, When I May Say It

 

It is always tempting to imagine
what my father felt when I landed
in his arms or what I might say
when a friend dies

 

how I might arrange myself
or how I might be stoic
with thick strength
or how I might howl myself

 

– and you, rigid –
or how my voice might crack
in all the right places
and never squeak or snot

 

how I might bask in thoughts of syrup
some slow elastic sweetness
never too hot or too cold
but just right, just right.

 

*

 

And it is tempting to break
when they say ‘crack –
it will let the light in’.
That old drone, one hopes

 

will smooth our ire
to a healthy varnish.
One hopes we might
remember the mountains

 

and how they looked so far
until we rolled on them. How
nanna was a Moore girl
and she gave good wood

 

out amongst the birch. Tempting
to trace old lines over
before we remember how
our landscapes were always

 

different, that my folks came
from salt. But still we hold
our forks the exact same way, that
we may recall, when the time comes,

 

the same rough supple shapes
of their hands. All we might
be able to say when time
creaks closed and we must speak.

 

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About Rachel

Rachel landed in Edinburgh in the spring of 2010, via Manchester, Belfast, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. She wholly blames the Forest Cafe for the joy she is currently living with writing, performing, collaborating and organising poetry events in Scotland. It cost her a PhD but that hadn’t been a good idea anyway. Her first pamphlet ‘The Glassblower Dances‘ won the 2013 Callum Macdonald Award, as a result of which she spent two weeks as the Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies in Nafplion, Greece. In spring 2014, she spent two weeks in South Africa as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Commonwealth Poets United. With poet Jenny Lindsay, she runs Rally & Broad, a regular cabaret of poetry, music and lyrical delight in Edinburgh, Glasgow and other places.

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Commiserate is a monthly experiment in poetic collaboration.

Inspired by  SJ Fowler‘s  ‘Camarade’ project which pairs poets to create new work, I’ve stolen the notion and begun to collaborate with friends and writers of interest. You can read about the project and see 2013’s poems here.

Ryan with Rally & Broad in the Book Festival Spiegeltent

August 13, 2014

Delighted to be joining the genial hosts of Rally & Broad for the very last show of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It’s the glorious return of the Ampersand Edition, in which poets and musicians are teamed up to make something new and glittering. There will be whisky, there will be gin, and even better, it is FREE ENTRY. It’s on Monday 25 August, 9pm, Charlotte Square. Do come and join us.

We’re the closing Unbound at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and to celebrate we’re putting on one of our Ampersand Editions! 

We pure love oor Ampersand Editions, we do! Chucking two awesome acts together to create a set is one of our favourite things to do, to the extent that we’re actually doing it ourselves this time too! The collaborations are…

Don Paterson & Rachel Newton!

Ryan Van Winkle & Dan Willson ( Withered Hand)!

Rachel McCrum & A New International!

Jenny Lindsay & Lake Montgomery!

….. and Rally & Broad, of course….

It’s free and drop-in (arrive early to ensure entry!)

It’s also our last event til October…. Come gin with us! 🙂

A Bird is Not A Stone

June 3, 2014

Please join us for the Edinburgh launch of A Bird is Not a Stone, a groundbreaking anthology of Palestinian poetry translated into the languages of Scotland. 

The collection features by 25 contemporary Palestinian poets and as many Scots writers, including the makar Liz Lochhead, Costa Award winner Kathleen Jamie and Guardian Fiction Prize winner Alasdair Gray.

The evening will include readings of poems from the collection in both the original and translations by Liz Lochhead, Abla Oudeh, Liz Niven, Harry Giles, Rachel McCrum and Ryan Van Winkle.

More information on the book can be found here.

What: Edinburgh Launch of A Bird is not a Stone

Where: Looking Glass Books, 3 Porters Walk, Edinburgh

When: Tuesday 3 June, 6pm

How Much: FREE

Ryan Doesn’t Think Twice at Rally and Broad

March 11, 2014

Totally psyched to be on the bill for the upcoming March edition of Rally & Broad: Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright. They’ve got a great lineup this month, including A New International, Kirsty Law, Sian Bevan and the Loud Poets. Friday 21st March at the Counting House, Edinburgh, £5, see you there.

We’re back with one of our most eclectic bills o the season! Feast yer eyes on this un, comrades! On words – Ryan Van Winkle and Sian Bevan! On tunes – Kirsty Law and A New International! PLUS! Those talented squirrels from The Loud Poets! 

We’d be delighted for ye all to share our delight at getting such a wonderful bunch of folk to our House. Don’t think twice – get thee there! Cos you’re wonderful too. Blurbs below…

RYAN VAN WINKLE – We are delighted to welcome Ryan Van Winkle back to our House! His critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the Crashaw Prize. He is currently working on new theatre / poetry experiments with Dan Gorman and Screen Bandita as well as a second collection of poetry. 

A NEW INTERNATIONAL – Lush, poetic, bittersweet romanticism; an evocative mixture of cinematic strings, circus lights, carnival and cabaret, music hall, gypsy, chanson, a little bit of folk, a little bit of flamenco, yet with pop at its beating heart – welcome to the world of Glasgow’s finest, A New International.

“Many moments of beauty” – The Independent
“Very original, top stuff” – Richard Hawley
“’Sumptuous European balladeering translated into an urban Scottish setting” – The List

KIRSTY LAW – ‘Beautiful and feisty… it’s a joy to hear a young singer and writer in Scots with such earthy and conversational character to her singing and songs… a young musician doing things her own way’ (Karine Polwart)

SIAN BEVAN – Siân is a kind-of-comedian/kind-of-writer/kind-of-performer based in Edinburgh. The person behind Electric Tales, a night of comedy storytelling based at The Stand, she also hosts lots of things which mainly involve swearing. You can be disappointed with how infrequently she writes blogs at: www.sianyb.com. 

And Introducing
THE LOUD POETS – Young, new, exciting performance poetry group, rapidly gaining notice for their slickly delivered rapid-fire verse.

Hosted by award winning poets and promoters:
Jenny Lindsay
(The Big Word/ Is This Poetry?/BBC Slam Winner 2012) &
Rachel McCrum
(Callum Macdonald Award winner 2013/ BBC Slam Finalist 2012/ 2013)

“What you get from attending nights like this is a strong sense that something as simple as the human voice speaking beautiful words sincerely meant can cut through all the snares and distractions of our modern lives.” (Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday)

“You look a little like Grayson Perry, dear…”
(Rachel’s Mum)
“I didn’t bring you up to speak like that. F**king hell, darling…”
(Jenny’s Mum)

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