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Ryan reads at INK: A Celebration of Expression in Words and Tattoos

December 24, 2016

I’ll be reading alongside Christina Neuwirth, Daniel Shand and Russell Jones at INK: A Celebration of Expression in Words and Tattoos, as part of the Festival of Creative Learning at 50 George Square. The event is at 6pm on Monday 20 February, it’s a free but ticketed event, you can reserve tickets here.

CHRISTINA NEUWIRTH was born in Austria and now lives in Edinburgh where she splits her time between working at Scottish PEN and the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (home of the Dangerous Women Project). 

She has produced and written short films, performed at the International Storytelling Festival, and dabbled in music production. Her short fiction has been published in Gutter and 404 Ink, and her non-fiction can be found on CommonSpace. Her novella Amphibian was shortlisted for the 2016 Novella Award. She is currently writing her first novel.

Her advice to new writers: “Do the thing, be proactive, practice being patient.”

DANIEL SHAND is a writer based in Edinburgh. Born in Kirkcaldy in 1989, he has lived in Edinburgh since 2011, where he is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh and a Scottish literature tutor.

His shorter work has been published in a number of magazines and he has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  He won the 2012 University of Edinburgh Sloan Prize for fiction and the University of Dundee Creative Writing Award.  

His debut novel Fallow was published by Sandstone Press in 2016. Find out more about the novel and purchase a copy hereYou can find out more about Mr Shandhere.

His advice to new writers: “Figure out why you like the things you like, then figure out how your work can operate in the same way.”

RYAN VAN WINKLE is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award.

As a member of Highlight Arts he has organized festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner and The American Poetry Review.

His advice to new writers: ‘Don’t listen to me’ or ‘Tape this poem to your bathroom mirror.’

UMBRELLAS OF EDINBURGH is a collection of poetry and prose edited by Russell Jones and Claire Askew and was named one of the best Scottish poetry books of 2016! The collection is inspired by locations across Edinburgh and showcases some of the best contemporary writers in a city known for great writers. 

Russell Jones will join us to talk about editing and bringing this collection together, and to share a few of his favourite poems from it. You can find out more about Mr Jones here.

‘Western Town’ published in Umbrellas of Edinburgh

October 25, 2016

My poem ‘Western Town’ has been published in the upcoming anthology Umbrellas of Edinburgh, a collection of poetry and prose from over 70 writers and published by Freight Books. It is edited by Claire Askew and Russell Jones.

A word from the editors, Claire Askew and Russell Jones…

Scotland’s capital is a vibrant, diverse and modern city, cultivated by people from around the world. It’s filled with cutting edge art, international cuisines, theatres and pubs, bright minds and masonry, dark side streets and sinister stories. Edinburgh is a hub for literary inspiration and ambition, hosting the world’s largest literary festival, and it’s the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. But pick up a collection of writing about Edinburgh, and you’re often faced with the same list of names: dead white men.

As editors, we were keen to reflect the diversity of Edinburgh and its people, and to shift the existing (dead white men) focus through a more contemporary lens. This anthology includes work from writers of colour, writers who identify as LGBTQIA+, who live with disabilities, writers who have lived in countries other than Scotland, and its contributors predominantly identify as women.

Our brief to the writers was simple: choose a location in Edinburgh and write about it. Between these pages you’ll find explorations of architecture, fragments of memories, views of potential futures, romps in hedgerows, summer picnics, hard winters, love, loss and the moments in between. These poems and short stories show us that the city is inseparable from its people, and it’s the voices of our times which add colour and meaning to the brickwork. But it also shows us that Edinburgh is still a great source of inspiration for its inhabitants and those who pass through it; it takes them on journeys, through which the people and the city are forever altered.

 

Ryan reads at Shoreline of Infinity Launch

June 19, 2015

scifi posterDelighted to announce I’ll be reading at the launch of a new science fiction magazine from Scotland, Shoreline of Infinity, edited by friend and poet Russell Jones. It will feature new fiction, art, articles and reviews, and will have both a digital and old timey paper edition. It’s on Thursday 2 July from 7.30pm, at Paradise Palms, 41 Lothian Street, near the Edinburgh University campus. Hope to see you there!

It’s a night of science fiction performances, with music from Painted Ocean, poetry from Claire Askew and Ryan Van Winkle, story reading from the magazine performed by Debbie Cannon, plus SF inspired artwork, cocktails, books, fun, frivolity and photon cannons.

Free entry. Costumes welcomed. Live long and preposterously.

2nd July 2015 at the wonderful Paradise Palms, Edinburgh, starts 7.30pm

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


Golden Hour Book Reading

October 27, 2009

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Forest Publications invites you to celebrate the Golden Hour Book (and CD) Vol. II

Where: Elvis Shakespeare

When: Sunday, 1 Nov. 2pm

How Much: Free

What else: We’ll bring beer for you!

Readings:

Kona Macphee
– The graceful poet gives us a chance.
Russell Jones – Poetry not confined within the lines.
Claire Askew – white-knuckle poems for you.

Playing –

Hailey Beavis
– when Hailey sings, something inside you listens.
Billy Liar – acoustic punk with a little blood on it.
Withered Hand – the wit-full, wistfull, sweet son-of-a-bitch. Who has a brand new album of his own y’all should buy.


Buy the Book – availible at Blackwells, Word Power, The Forest Shop or, on-line, HERE!

Please support Forest Publications – a non-for-profit part of The Forest at 3 Bristo Place.

New Chaps from Forest Publications

October 13, 2009

Now available at our on-line shop:

Not only is The Golden Hour Book (and CD) Vol. II for sale at many fine places we also have three new chapbooks. Read an excerpt and buy a book at www.forpub.com

Craig Bayne – The Island

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Item Details:
Vol.1 Iss.8 ‘The Island’
Author: Craig Bayne
Description:Read the Excerpt

Amount: £2

Jason Morton – Old and New

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Item Details:
Vol.1 Iss.7 ‘Old and New’
Author: Jason Harrison Morton
Description:Read the Excerpt

Amount: £2

Russell Jones – The Last Refuge
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Item Details: Vol.1 Iss.6 ‘The Last Refuge’
Author: Russell Jones
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Amount: £2

August is the Cruellest Month

July 27, 2009

Well, T.S. Eliot might beg to differ but, to me, “August is the cruellest month.” At least if you live in Edinburgh and haven’t fled to find peace in the Highlands or Greek islands or anywhere but here. For those of you, like me, who are still kicking around and are willing to risk getting the evil Fringe Fever here are some good free poetic and literary happenings to keep you busy. I’m involved in most these things in some way so do come along, say hello, and tell me what shows not to see. Also — below are details on new books from Forest Publications and Read This Press + Calls for Submissions.

 

 

* Thursday 30 July — 6.30pm, Free —- Edinburgh Central Library —- James Kelman reading from and talking about his book Kieron Smith, boy which has bagged a swathe of prizes.

 

FREE but ticketed and booking is essential. Email helen@bridgereadings.net or call 07784 31 9868 to secure a place. For more details see: www.bridgereadings.net

* Friday 7th August — 6pm, Free — Edinburgh Central Library —- Words and Music from Cool America with Don Paterson: American poetry chosen by poet Don Paterson and read by distinguished film actor Angus MacInnes backed by a full-on jazz band! Followed by the brilliant St. Jude’s Infirmary with their dark dreamy swirl of literate melodic beauty. And, I’m honoured to be reading a poem with the band so you must come. Also, free booze. Basically — Not to be missed!

  • Friday 14 August — 2pm, Free — Edinburgh Books — Jim Haynes: A Roving Life — Jim Haynes is a living legend. Flâneur, writer, publisher, former bookshop owner and host to thousands over the years he’s spent welcoming strangers to his Parisian atelier for Sunday dinner, his is a life more spectacular than most. We can’t wait to hear his tales, in conversation with Ryan Van Winkle.

 

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Wednesday 26 August, 12 – 3pm, Free — St. Andrew’s Square: Poetry in St Andrew Square

A very special poetry event: Our Poetic Orators will wander the gardens offering up poems to picnickers and passers by. In the old oral tradition — our performers will entertain and inspire. Come to listen, come to enjoy. www.spl.org.uk

New Books From Forest Publications and Read This + Call for Submissions:

  • Three New Chapbooks from Forest Publications: Wow! Now available are chapbooks from Fiona Morrison, Dave Coates and Russell Jones. Only two pounds and available at The Forest Shop. Very limited print-runs so snap up your copies now and come in to browse our other books from Edinburgh writers such as David Gow, Jane Flett, Ericka Duffy and Sandra Alland. Collect them all!http://ryanvanwinkle.com/two-new-chapbooks-from-forest-publications/

  • Sharks Don’t Sleep is the title of the brand new chapbook from New Jersey-based spoken word poet Eric Hamilton, and it’s published by Read This Press.  Described as “a book that crackles with life,” and “a grimy, romantic and fucking funny look at the world,” Sharks Don’t Sleep is a beautiful 32-page chapbook, hand-made with high quality cardstock covers and embellished with a black ribbon bookmark and original artwork. Find out more here: http://www.readthispress.com

Poets Needed — For hybrid photo / poetry project.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 10TH OCT 2009

CONTACT: poemillustrated@gmail.com See poster below for details:poetsneeded

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