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The Good Dark is translated into Ukranian

October 11, 2018

Krok Books in Ukraine published a translation of The Good Dark. It’s the first book of mine to be fully translated.

Thanks are due to the publisher for bringing this into the world, Natalia Semenov for the translations & Publishing Scotland for the vital support of Scottish literature in translation.

With funding from Creative Scotland, I visited the L’viv Book Forum in September for the official launch.
Copies can be purchased from Krok books here.

Screenings of The Good Dark in Edinburgh (April 19) and Stirling (April 26)

April 17, 2018

There will be screenings of The Good Dark, made by Lucas Chih-Peng Kao, in Edinburgh and Stirling over the next fortnight. First in Edinburgh at the Cameo Cinema, 7pm, Thursday 19 April, and in the Mediterranea Restaurant, Stirling, 7pm, Thursday 26 April. The screenings are part of the unDependence Film Festival, and you can read their whole programme here.

A poet wanders through a desolate house and sees the reanimated lives of Jim and Flo, the previous tenants. As the poet recites his poem, bringing the worlds of the past, present and imagination closer, the couple struggle to grasp the last breath of their relationship.

The Good Dark is A Short Film

May 24, 2017

My poem has become a short film. Here’s a peek.

The Good Dark is a short film based on the poem ‘Untitled (Snoopy)’ by Ryan Van Winkle. Directed and produced by Lucas Kao. Produced, shot and scripted by Leo Michael Bruges (AyeFilm 2017). ‘Untitled (Snoopy)’ was published in ‘The Good Dark’ (2015) and is featured here with the kind permission of Penned in the Margins, London.

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.’

The Good Dark reviewed by John Field

April 12, 2016

Interesting review by John Fields over at Poor Rude Lines, featuring Depeche Mode, 50 Shades of Grey, Romeo & Juliet. Have a read!

Ryan on the Scottish Poetry Library Podcast

January 17, 2016

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 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.

http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2015/02/the-good-dark/

The Good Dark selected as one of The Bottle Imp’s Best Scottish Books

November 25, 2015

Really delighted that The Good Dark has been selected as one of The Bottle Imp‘s Best Scottish Books. It’s in excellent company, alongside Don Paterson, Janice Galloway, Kirsty Logan, Malachy Tallack and others. You can read up on all of the selections, plus a neat paragraph on each book at The Bottle Imp.

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.

 

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