Push The Boat Out

Edinburgh’s International Poetry Festival

Poetry is everywhere. It’s the lyrics of the song that’s stuck in your head, the rhythms of speech in an overheard conversation, the way we tell our stories, the histories of the buildings around us. That’s what Push The Boat Out is all about. Words, how we use them, and what they mean to us.

From poetry readings and discussions, to new commissions, singer-songwriter circles, music hybrid events, dance and hip hop, poetic cocktail-making classes, film screenings,  beach walks, panels, workshops and development opportunities – this vibrant, multi-layered, polyphonic line-up is a true fiesta of the vernacular with something for everyone and anyone.

Push the Boat 2024 dates coming soon.

2023 Programme
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About the Festival

In some ways, there’s never been a more interesting time for poetry. From time immemorial we’ve looked to poetry and story to help us interpret and understand the world around us; right now there is an ever increasing richness of artists doing just that in powerful and diverse ways, resonating with wider and wider audiences in the process. Push the Boat Out is proud to bring together artists both established and new in the game, and to create a platform for new connections, experiences and inspiration. We know there’s an audience out there who want to experience poetry as a live artform, who are moved by words and language in all their glorious forms, and this festival creates the space for you to do just that.

Join us at our monthly Rock the Boat Open Mic, explore our engagement work or get in touch to see how you can play a part in our story.

Push the Boat 2024 dates coming soon.  Get in the boat, compañeros! 

Work with Us

Push the Boat Out is looking for an exceptional candidate to create and implement our marketing strategy as our Marketing & Communications Manager on a year-round, freelance basis.

The role will give the right candidate the opportunity to create and deliver an exciting marketing plan, contributing to the growth and profile of one of Scotland’s most exciting new organisations all year round.

Your work will ensure that the festival is enjoyed by the broadest possible audience and maintain high levels of engagement across the year. For more information please see the job description.

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2023 Programme

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Poetry on your wavelength…

Push the Boat Out, Edinburgh’s International Poetry Festival, launches its programme on International Poetry Day, Thursday 5th October.

Check out the line up: https://pushtheboatout.org/Programme/

2023 Programme