Ryan on the Scottish Poetry Library Podcast

December 10, 2015

Our former podcaster Ryan Van Winkle returns to talk about his award-winning second collection The Good Dark (Penned in the Margins). A collection that has its origins in heartbreak, Ryan talks about his struggle to rise above an adolescent tone. He explains why despite his extensive travels abroad, his poetry never touches on his destinations. And why Snoopy is an unexpected literary influence.

Ryan wins Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year 2015

December 4, 2015

The Good Dark has won the Saltire Society’s Poetry Book of the Year award. Here’s what the judges said: “Van Winkle works with the language of love and lost till it is scarcely recoverable but which still nourishes the lover’s past and present. His range is remarkable: everything invokes everything else, the tactile calls in the intellectual, one poem calls in every other poem, mundane tasks call in whole physical and emotional worlds.”

You can get a copy direct from Penned in the Margins or ask at your local bookshop.

The Good Dark shortlisted for the Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year

October 27, 2015

The Good Dark has been shortlisted for the Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year, alongside Killochries by Jim Carruth, Cream of the Well by Valerie Gillies and Not All Honey by Roddy Lumsden.


The Good Dark is available to order from Penned in the Margins.

Scotland’s most prestigious annual book awards, the Saltire Literary Awards celebrate and support literary and academic excellence across six distinct categories: First Book of the Year, History Book of the Year, Research Book of the Year and Poetry Book of the Year. 2015 sees the expansion of the Literary Book of the Year Award into two categories for Fiction and Non-Fiction books. The winner of each category will receive £2,000 and become the shortlist for the Saltire Society Book of the Year Award, with a prize of £6,000.