Author announcement - Ryan Van Winkle

We're very lucky to have popular performance poet and workshop aficionado Ryan Van Winkle joining us this year. Ryan is kindly fitting us in on his way to judging duties at Wigtown Book Festival's poetry competition!

Ryan will be offering a poetry workshop at Islay High and will also be the star attraction of Jura Day, which will take place on 28 September (details to be confirmed soon).

Originally from Connecticut, Ryan is an Edinburgh-based poet who has performed to audiences all over the world. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society's 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. Ryan enthusiastically encourages the reading of poetry, some say ‘by any means necessary’.