NOTES FROM THE FORT - MICHELLE ELRICK/ VIEWMASTER, RYAN VAN WINKLE
10th May, 8-11pm
Don’t miss this double bill of transatlantic literary talents and transform your Friday night into something special
Notes From The Fort
Michelle Elrick is a poet and artist from Canada. Her first book, a collection of poems titled To Speak, was published by The Muses’ Company in 2010. The following year she received the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. She has released her work in print, audio and video, and read at festivals and events in Vancouver, Winnipeg, London, Kingston, Belfast and Copenhagen. Over the summer of 2012 she produced a series of performance installations in Reykjavik, Iceland called “Notes from the Fort: a poetic of inhabited space.” She will be presenting new work from this project in Europe and Western Canada throughout 2013.
Notes From the Fort is a series of performance installations that create intimate places in unfamiliar environments through the play act of fort building. Using only existing structures and a suitcase full of hand-crafted materials, each fort is constructed, inhabited, noted and dismantled in a live poetic document of sense of place and the origins of home.
Join Michelle Elrick as she uses the Fort to track a course through her personal and ancestral roots, offering answers to the age-old question “What is home?” with new poetry documenting places in Scotland, Austria, and Canada.
Ryan Van Winkle is currently Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries following a successful and extended 3-year run as the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever Reader in Residence. He remains the host of the SPL’s weekly poetry podcast and continues to encourage the reading of poetry. Some say ‘by any means necessary’. Ryan has hosted thousands of joyus poetry events and thrown many fantastic parties (sometimes involving paint). He has read poems to audiences all over the world including at The Melbourne Writer’s Festival, The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Shakespeare and Company (Paris) and Tacheles (Berlin). His critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the prestigious Crashaw Prize. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry New Zealand and The Oxford Poets series. Eyewear magazine wrote ’Van Winkle’s poems are not static portraits of men and women framed in windows or doorways, but poems with characters that move within their environments and which, with their histories, move the reader.’ While The Glasgow Review said: ‘this collection seems to be at the forefront of a shift to something new, it is on the way to a perfection of some new movement.’
Join Ryan for a personal slideshow for your eyes and ears only. You choose the journey and we will bring you on a sometimes surprising, sometime surreal, tour accompanied by the ambient sounds of the man they call Dan. Performances are one-to-one-to-Viewmaster, and last under 10 minutes. A rare chance to travel, listen and pause in one beautiful space.