Push the Boat Out Poetry Festival

Submitted by edg on Mon, 26 Sep '22 5.46am
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Edinburgh poetry festival "Push the Boat Out" marks its second year with three-days of poetry (in all senses of the word) at Summerhall.

Founded by producer and director Jenny Niven and Kevin Williamson (Neu Reekie!, Rebel Inc.), the festival's name was inspired by a poem At Eighty by Edwin Morgan, whose pioneering creative spirit the fest seeks to emulate.

As well as spoken word events, the programme includes dance, music, DJing, cocktails, discussions, poetry walks, installations, "poetry of the Football Pitch", and two events which involved working with local community groups Open Book and WHALE Arts.

German poet Nora Gomringer, will be presenting her new collection "The Trilogy of Surfaces and Invisibilities" on Friday evening in an event hosted by Gomringer’s translator, Annie Rutherford. The video above, Trias, comes from an earlier collaboration between the two, and graphic artist Cindy Scmid.

On Saturday evening, seven poets perform pieces commissioned by Push the Boat Out that reimagine some of Scotland’s most famous and infamous mythical beasts in A Poetry Feast of Mythical Beasts.