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Fri 15 Oct 2021 - Sun 17 Oct 2021

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Summerhall
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

Push the Boat Out is a brand new poetry festival, showcasing fresh, provocative, radical, audacious, and inspiring poetry, hip hop and spoken word, bringing people together to enjoy, experience and interrogate it. Featuring 60 of the UK’s leading poets in three days of events including performances, discussion, installations, film, audio, walks and workshops. Get in the boat, companeros. 

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Histology Lab

Adult poets are often afraid to experiment with onomatopoeia, alliteration, neologisms or nonsense, thinking they belong in children’s poems. In this session Clare Pollard, poet and author of Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children’s Picture Books, will challenge this and delve into poets who draw powerfully on the language of childhood, from Ted Hughes to Rita Dove.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

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Dissection Room
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

In a moment that is demanding you constantly choose your side, how do you find your humanity, your own voice, when you are being pushed to find safety in numbers? Push the Boat Out is thrilled to be able to support and develop, in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland, a brand-new live performance commission from one of Scotland’s most exciting and challenging voices. In Blood, Salt, Spring Hannah Lavery (The Drift, Lament for Sheku Bayoh) journeys to discover her authenticity and her ‘tribe’.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH91PL United Kingdom
Phone:
01315601580

What do we revere? Cynthia Miller’s Honorifics, shortlisted for this year’s Forward Prize Best Collection, is experimental and elevating, exploring family, Malaysian-American heritage, and the pull between the everyday and the miraculous. Seán Hewitt, critic for the Irish Times and author of Tongues of Fire, a meditative, clarifying collection which intertwines meditations on family, loss, grief and Irish myth, is as insightful as it is lyrical.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm

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Red Lecture Theatre

Director Pablo Larrain discards the standard biopic formulas and depicts a fabulously mythologised version of the great Chilean poet and activist Pablo Neruda. Told from the perspective of Neruda’s police antagonist, played sympathetically by Gael Garcia Bernal, the movie captures the spirit of the poet, his extraordinary influence on Chilean politics of the time, and fuses film noir with poetic fantasy.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH91PL United Kingdom
Phone:
01315601580

Deep Wheel Orcadia is a magical first: A science-fiction verse novel written in the Orkney dialect. Push the Boat Out Festival has the absolute pleasure of hosting Harry Josephine Giles’s launch for this unique adventure in poetry a mere day after their book is released. She will be joined by musician Atzi Muramatsu for an electrifying, live-scored performance from the novel.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Demonstration Room

Scottish BAME Writer’s Network (SBWN) is an advocacy and professional development group for writers who identify as BAME, mixed-race or POC with a connection to Scotland. In this session curated for Push the Boat Out, the team present an hour of Healing and Recovery through film, poetry and prose from esteemed writers Bee Asha, Bhavika Govil, Nichelle Santagata and Zebib K. Abraham, hosted by SBWN Co-director and award-winning author Dean Atta.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Dissection Room
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

There are those would argue that Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot were the most influential poets of the last century, revolutionising and freeing up the art of verse for all who came after them. But what about those whose poetry is written primarily to be performed, especially with music?

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:10 pm

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Red Lecture Theatre

To what lengths would you go to achieve fame? A pair of Scottish chancers relocate to the epicentre of the hip hop counter-culture and pass themselves off as a Californian rap group. Their cheeky antics are hilarious yet the film shines a caustic light on the illusory nature of celebrity and the gullibility of the suited execs in the hierarchies of the music industry.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Dissection Room
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

This promises to be a raucous, uplifting headline show featuring force of nature and much-acclaimed performer and poet Salena Godden, Scottish Album Of The Year winner, Nova, plus fellow Scottish rapper emcees Solareye of Stanley Odd and the mighty Empress, whose debut album Love Wins has been winning over all who hear it. Expect upbeat rhythmic excitations, deft flow, sharp social observations and maybe even some dancing.