Saturday July 30th 2016 : 7.30 – 9.00
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 www.ryanvanwinkle.com
Another opportunity to display your talents and enjoy an evening of warm Bakehouse hospitality. 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.
Gatehouse of Fleet was buzzing over BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival last week with folks coming from The Central Belt and beyond to savour the varied menu of events taking place at The Mill on the Fleet, Cream o'Galloway, Franca Bruno's and other locations. Local talent rubbed shoulders with performers from across the UK to provide four days of literary entertainment, including theatre, music, installation, events for young people, history, poetry and workshops for writers. Windows down The High St and across the town displayed short poems - some from as far afield as The Yukon. Over 200 poems had been submitted. Buskers and drums vibrated round the car park. Guerrilla poets accosted visitors and locals alike.