- From 'At Eighty' by Edwin Morgan Push the boat out, compañeros,
push the boat out, whatever the sea.
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Edinburgh’s International Poetry Festival

Push the Boat Out is a brand new poetry festival, located In Edinburgh, which will showcase fresh, provocative, radical, audacious, inspiring poetry and spoken word, and bring people together to enjoy, experience and interrogate it. By any means necessary.

Poetry will never stand still. There are challenging times ahead. Get in the boat, compañeros.


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"In the present, there is a wide black sea in my chest. Best not to go fishing there, my love, and yet how I want you to."
Rachel McCrum's podcast episode has us absolutely speechless. Stunning poem, stunning performance. Listen here: https://pushtheboatout.org/rachel-mccrum

a big huge grateful thank-you to @CreativeScots for the funding! we're delighted to be able to create jobs and put on a festival with their support 👏

We're ecstatic to announce that we're hiring! If you're resourceful, practical, love taking an idea and making it happen, and have experience in programming or producing festivals, send us your application!




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