Ryan Reads at the Bakehouse, Gatehouse of Fleet

July 3, 2016

Saturday July 30th: 7.30pm – 9.00pm: The Bakehouse |44 High Street | Gatehouse of Fleet | DG7 2HP

The ubiquitous RYAN VAN WINKLE has been there, done that and won almost everything!

He’s a feisty, widely published, young  American living in Edinburgh who is live artist, podcaster, critic, poet, festival organiser and workshop leader.  His second collection The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award, he has  organised and appeared in Festivals in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq, was awarded a coveted Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. He gets about! Not only, but also….More about R van W on

The Bakehouse hosts regular poetry readings featuring internationally acclaimed writers – Australia last month, America this –  but it also offers a regular intimate and friendly opportunity for folks to share their work in our popular OPEN MIKE SESSIONS. Aka The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate.  Last month we featured The Harpies ( Hilary Hawker and Ruth Sanderson harping on), Geoff Keating giving us a bit of sax, David Hannay squeezing his small pipes, with beautifully performed poems ranging from serious, political, topical and the downright comic. Come and show Ryan Van Winkle ( no relation) what we’re made of.

Tickets £5.00 – available from or  01557 814175

Ryan Joins Hiva Oa at DECAGRAM 1.1

December 5, 2013

I will be performing at Henry’s Cellar Bar Saturday 7 December with our good pals Hiva Oa at DECAGRAM, Ten Tracks Collective’s party night.

The DECAGRAM collective bring you a series of extended Saturday nights with short film and visuals, live music and club in one. Featuring DECAGRAM artists joined by very special guests …

Tiered pricing ensures those most inquisitive for a bit of independent film and audio/visual collaboration (7pm) can stay right through the gig (9pm) to the club night (11pm) for only £3.

Whilst those arriving later for what they prefer about the night don’t pay an arm and a leg (gig £4; club £4/£6).

The headline band for the gig *is* the band for the club night, and plays at 11pm before the club price goes up to £6 (midnight) for the live electronic set and/or DJs.


When: Saturday 7 December, Short Films kick off at 7pm, Live music at 9, Club at midnight

Where: Henry’s Cellar Bar, 16 Morrison St, Edinburgh, EH3 8BJ

How Much: 7pm tickets £3, 9pm tickets £4, midnight tickets £6/4.

Ryan joins Screen Bandita in the Battersea Arts Centre

October 30, 2013

I’ll be in London this weekend working on a scratch theatre piece with Screen Bandita, cooking up some collage poems with your old photos and spools of super 8 film. It’s at the Battersea Arts Centre, Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm, and it’s totally free. See you there!

Screen Bandita and Ryan Van Winkle invite you to contribute to their participatory, community gathering: a welcoming space in which to share, speak and see.

Do you have any spools of Super 8 film or old slides gathering dust in the attic? Bring them along and we’ll project them for you! And if you have any old photographs you’d like to share, come and display them in our pop-up gallery! Soundtracking the afternoon will be a pair of antiquated Russian gramophones and a myriad of interesting records from our collection.

Poet Ryan Van Winkle would be pleased to see any old newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or to talk about memorable local events. We’ll also have copies of posters and clippings from the BAC archive and Ryan will be leading a workshop on ‘collage poems’ melding your own history with that of the area.

Suitable for young and old, this friendly, informal session is a chance to rediscover films from your collection, as well as an opportunity share memories, recollections and stories.

What: Bring Your Own Archive with Screen Bandita

Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TN

When: Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm

How Much: FREE

Ryan is Part of CamaradeFest

October 19, 2013

CamaradefestOn Saturday 26 October I’ll be back in London at the Rich Mix Arts Centre for CamaradeFest, an all-day poetry collaboration extravaganza. Hope you can join us!

The Camarade poetry festival is a unique and unforgettable one day explosion of dynamic collaboration in contemporary avant garde and literary poetics. 100 poets align in 50 pairs, each writing an original collaborative work, written specifically for the festival and premiered on the day. The 5th Camarade event, and the crescendo of the Enemies project’s first year, this ambitious exploration of the possibilities of collaboration in poetry will evidence the true width and depth of poetry that is happening now.

​​​​Kirsty Irving & Jon Stone
Ahren Warner & Mark Waldron
Stephen Connolly & Emily Hasler
Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks
Carol Watts & George Szirtes
David Berridge & Mary Paterson
Chrissy Williams & Nia Davies
Giles Goodland & Alistair Noon
Ben Stainton & Nathan Hamilton
Sophie Collins & Rachael Allen

Sam Riviere & Joe Dunthorne
Becky Cremin & Ryan Ormonde
Deborah Pearson & Tamarin Norwood
Andy Spragg & Joe Kennedy
Ollie Evans & Robert Kiely
Stephen Watts & Will Rowe
James Davies & Philip Terry
Sean Bonney & Nick-e Melville
Tim Atkins & Jessica Pujol I Duran
Oli Hazzard & Caleb Klaces

​Ryan Van Winkle & William Letford
Jeff Hilson & Fabian MacPherson
Robert Sheppard & Robert Hampson
Jack Underwood & Alex MacDonald
Ekaterina Paronian & Sophie Mayer
Sarah Crewe & Jo Langdon
Matt Dalby & Steven Waling
James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar
Joel Shea & Ricardo Marques
​Matthew Gregory & Robert Herbert

Nathan Jones & Sam Skinner
Sarah Kelly & Gabriele Lebanauskaite
Mendoza & Nat Raha
Rhy Trimble & Harry Gilonis
Pascal O’Laughlin & Scott Thurston
Marcus Slease & Claire Potter
Daniele Pantano & Nikolai Duffy
Holly Pester & Emma Bennett
​Tom Chivers &Amy Cutler
Marek Kazmierski &Wioletta Grzegorzewska

​​Joanna​ Rzadkowska & Kristen Kreider
Bea Colley & Francine Elena
Zoe Skoulding & Ondrej Buddeus
Christodoulos Makris &Kim Campanello
Reza Mohammedi & Ana Seferovic
​​Sophie Herxheimer &​​
Julia Bird & ​
​​​James Wilkes &
Ross Sutherland &

Gratitude too to the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England for making it possible, and the Rich Mix, as ever, for their generosity.

What: CamaradeFest

When: Saturday 26 October, 2pm-10pm

Where: Rich Mix Arts Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, Greater London E1 6LA

How Much: FREE

Ryan and Screen Bandita at the Battersea Arts Centre Cook Up

October 6, 2013

In a couple of weeks I’ll be down in London town, collaborating  with Screen Bandita as part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s Scratch series.

Screen Bandita & Ryan Van Winkle

18 – 19 Oct
Running Time: 30 mins

Price: Pay What You Can
Harnessing spoken word, found celluloid film, slides, vintage ephemera and gramophones, Van Winkle and Screen Bandita conjure forth a mesmerising and surreal piece that unfolds and unpacks suitcases of memory, place and experience.

Drawing inspiration from the stories springing from the resonant walls and dusty corners of Battersea Town Hall, these archival inquisitors weave a new audio visual tapestry before your very eyes; unravelling stories and episodes suspended in time and illuminating those fragments of presence and memory lingering in and about the space, left behind by the rich cast of characters who have passed through.

Developed at Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN.

Ryan Is a World Voice in Singapore

September 28, 2013

Shortly after my voyage to Australia I’ll be hitting Singapore for a show alongside Alvin Pang, an awesome poet and thoroughly personable fellow.
World Voices features Ryan Van Winkle
 9 October, 7.30pm, Earshot Café, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore.

Ryan Van Winkle is an American poet who resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. His incredibly personal and intimate poetry-theatre experiment Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel, which has been showcased at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe amongst other places, has been known to captivate even those who shun poetry.

Join us as he reads from his evocative poetry, and presents a treat in the form of his ViewMaster. Ryan’s ViewMaster is a personal slide-show performance that is at times surprising and surreal, and offers viewers a chance to travel through scenes with your eyes and ears.

This session will be moderated by Alvin Pang, a noted and award winning poet.

Ryan has Tongues of Flame in Brisbane

September 5, 2013

Soon I will be in Australia! Shortly afterwards, I’ll be in a basement in Brisbane:

Brisbane Festival and QLD Poetry Festival present “Basement Late Nights”

The Basement at Metro Arts will be transformed into a subterranean bar with late-night gigs featuring immersive music experiences, chats with artists, poetry and happenings hosted by locals.

Venture down and you may just come across some festival artists relaxing or find yourself dancing in the dark with a bunch of strangers.

Wed 11 Sep, from 9.30pm – TONGUES OF FLAME hosted by Ghostboy

Join host David Stavanger aka Ghostboy hosting an evening of sensual sound and spoken word presented in association with Queensland Poetry Festival. Along with special guests: spoken word artist Eleanor Jackson, installation poet Ryan Van Winkle (Edinburgh), boho storyteller Adam Hadley (Mr Fibby), angular pop sharks The Stress of Leisure (duo mode) and the mysterious DJ Zaziz. Ghostboy will take the night on an interactive journey that will be part performance poetry theatre, part surrealist vaudeville, part dark comedy, all spoken weird. Once you enter, there is no turning back. Expect the unexpected. Let the words take flight.

What: Tongues of Flame; Brisbane Festival and QLD Poetry Festival

Where: Metro Arts, Basement, 109 Edwards St, Brisbane

When: Wednesday 11 September, 9.30pm-late

How Much: FREE


Ryan reads Poetry At The Gods

September 3, 2013

On Tuesday 10 September the good people at The Gods Cafe, Canberra will play host to Bendigo-based poet BN Oakman and myself on the ANU campus. A fine night of poetry will be had.

B N Oakman, formerly an academic economist, began writing poetry in 2006. His books now include In Defence of Hawaiian Shirts (Interactive Press, 2011) and two chapbooks.

What: Poetry at The Gods

Where: The Gods Café,  Arts Centre, Union Court, Australian National University, Canberra.

When: Tuesday 10 September, 8pm.

How Much: $10 / $5 conc.


Ryan is one of three Naughty Boys

August 11, 2013

_nautyHorrible news! Dan Gorman, Stevie Patterson and myself are back in action as The Naughty Boys, the famous and very serious music and poetry trio, coming to the basement of the Forest Café this Friday night, 16 August, kicking off at the very naughty time of 11pm.

The Naughty Boys are:  *DanGorman on keys and computer loop. * Stevie Paterson on keys and percussion noises. * Ryan Van Winkle — Spoken Words.

What: Naughty Boys is REAL

Where: Forest Down, Forest Café, 141 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh

When: 11pm, Friday 16 August

How Much: FREE.

Shining Through the Shadows with Screen Bandita

June 18, 2013

STTS flyerOn Saturday 29 June I will be performing live at the Traverse Theatre alongside a gramophone and an 8mm film in Screen Bandita‘s Shining Through the Shadows, a mesmerising and surreal piece of expanded cinema that unfolds themes of memory, place and experience.

The piece is part of Black Box Live, and will be followed by Paris-based Collectif Nominoe and Finnish artist Sami van Ingen. Join us for a very special evening of analogue adventures!

What: Black Box Live

Where: Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

When: 21:15, Saturday 29 June

How Much: £6 / £5

Book Online with Edinburgh International Film Festival