The Good Dark reviewed at the Scottish Writers’ Centre

August 1, 2016

My second collection, The Good Dark, has been reviewed by Donald Marshall on the Scottish Writers’ Centre website. Here’s a couple of quotes from the review:

‘Reading Ryan Van Winkle’s collection The Good Dark (2015) I began to feel as though I had entered into a new world. The poems within are self-standing and distinctive, but together they create a harmonious vision of melancholia and reflectiveness that is so self-aware that the work presents an electric shock to the staid trends of lyric poetry’

‘This is a sorrowful but cathartic collection. The Good Dark is painted with subtle hues of emotion that lead you, unprotesting and mesmerised, into the world within.’

Ryan talks Intimacy at the Scottish Writers Centre

June 22, 2016

I’ll be speaking at Intimacy: Reading, Writing, Hearing and Feeling Poems at the Scottish Writers Centre at 7pm, Tuesday 2 August. I will be talking about what poetry is to me, how I’ve come to understand what a good poem is, and how collaboration and creating theatre pieces has helped my writing.