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Sat 09 Oct 2021 @ 8:10 pm - 10:35 pm

Summerhall Presents

Venue

Cinema
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

Henry (Adam Driver) is a stand-up comedian who falls in love with Ann (Marion Cotillard), a world-renowned opera singer, and the pair live glamorous lives in contemporary Los Angeles. However, when they welcome their daughter Annette into the world, her mysterious gifts change their lives forever.

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Sun 10 Oct 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Screen Horizons

Venue

Cinema
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

This sumptuous costume epic evokes the unique rapport between a French missionary (played by Melvil Poupaud) and the Manchurian empress (Chinese super-star Fan Bingbing) whose portrait he is ordered to paint. The film recounts the feverish moment when the Empress meets the Jesuit painter … a moment when the electric relationship between the painter and his model is caught up in the constraints of the court and its rigid rules of etiquette.

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Sun 10 Oct 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Screen Horizons

Venue

Cinema
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

Based on the eponymous novel by Yasmina Khadra and directed as an animated drama by Zabou Breitman and Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec , The Swallows of Kabul portrays life under Taliban control in the Afghan capital. Violence is neither fetishised nor sanitised. The directors portray a regime that relentlessly and sadistically castigates females and suggests that women are less worthy than men and is even more heartbreakingly pertinent under current circumstances.

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Fri 15 Oct 2021 - Sun 17 Oct 2021

Venue

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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Fri 15 Oct 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Venue

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

In this bespoke iteration of Newspeak for Push the Boat Out, Pip calculates the value of the work presented by our participating festival poets, asking What are words worth in a digital age? Join us as the artist discusses her practice and the interrogation – and co-opting – of language in turbulent times.

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Fri 15 Oct 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Demonstration Room

Open Book groups write together in community settings across Scotland – from Ullapool to Eyemouth, and from the islands off Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway – with groups running in English, Gaelic, Scots and Arabic. Push the Boat Out has partnered with Open Book to help run workshops and engage participants in not only collaborative multilingual writing, but collaborative multilingual performance.

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Fri 15 Oct 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Histology Lab

In this two-part workshop, Scotland’s Makar Kathleen Jamie will guide participants through writing poetry, and bookbinding wizard Rachel Hazell will help participants to ‘bind’ their new work as book art. Kathleen Jamie will focus on the process of translating thoughts into words on a page and Rachel Hazell will help participants make that page into something beautifully, uniquely, and vulnerably personal.

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Fri 15 Oct 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Venue

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

Commissioned by Push the Boat Out, Alec Finlay has composed a poetic manifesto on the importance of urban green space during the pandemic. With specific reference to the urban croft in Leith, it discusses how green space is integral to addressing pandemic politics, culture, and healing.

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Fri 15 Oct 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Venue

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

The Poetry Food Exchange is an installation which simultaneously challenges perceptions of transaction in both food and literature and encourages collaborative sharing. Sean Wai Keung, a Glasgow-based poetry, performance and food-maker, is in charge of the Exchange. Patrons will write down a memory or experience to do with food, and in return they will receive a fortune cookie with a line of poetry inside as well as a cup of warm broth.

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Fri 15 Oct 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Red Lecture Theatre

The untapped poetry in the lives of ordinary people, leading seemingly ordinary lives, is expressed as high art in this gentle story of an aging woman who discovers the poetry within herself. Heartbreaking and inspiring but without an ounce of sentimentality, Yun Junghee’s memorable performance as Mija, whose life becomes ever more complicated by circumstances out-with her control, is as understated as it is powerful.

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Fri 15 Oct 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue

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

And what a year (and a bit) it has been! Push the Boat Out seeks to celebrate and interrogate the role that poetry plays in helping us reflect on, challenge, and make sense of the world around us. In Poems from a Dangerous Year, some of our finest poets will do just that, selecting and presenting work that considers the past tumultuous 18 months.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue

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

Fiona Benson’s astonishing poems, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize are searing in their intensity. Andrew McMillan’s explorations of contemporary masculinity, gay experience, and male bodies in Physical and Playtime have made an indelible impression on UK poetry.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue

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

Poetry has been a source of consolation and solace, community and reflection since time immemorial. How does poetry provide healing and recovery? What can poetry do like no other art form? Or does framing poetry in this way suggest saccharine Hallmark nonsense? Four leading poets – Billy Letford, John Glenday, Clare Pollard and Tawona Sithole – dive in, sharing their own work and other poems which have healed their souls.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Histology Lab

Using a multilingual framework, haiku, and concrete poetry, Kevin MacNeil will explore the subtle ways poems build meaning by interacting with sound and, above all, resonant, though sometimes hidden, shape. Feel free to bring your own language backgrounds into the mix to discover how poetry can make meaning quietly but lastingly transcendent.

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Sat 16 Oct 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Venue

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

In honour of the Poetry Mile interactive poem-y app, we bring you a one-off celebration reading, feasting and game of skittles. The venue, of course, Scotland’s oldest inn—The Sheep Heid, situated in the historic Duddingston Village. A short game of skittles will be punctuated by readings from three prize-winning, Edinburgh-based poets and contributors to the app: Michael Pedersen, Janette Ayachi, and Peter McKay, one of the three having being Chief Pin Monkey at this very skittle alley for a period of their youth.