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Push the Boat Out

Featuring music, talks, workshops and readings, poetry in all its forms is represented at Push the Boat Out, Edinburgh’s International Poetry Festival.

Summerhall exterior


24th November 2023 - 26th November 2023
Events range from free of charge to £20.00 per person

Since it’s establishment in 2021, the festival aims to explore fresh, inventive ways to bring poetry and audiences together by challenging perceptions of what poetry is and how and where it can be enjoyed.

From song-writing and dance to music and workshops, however you like your poetry, you’re sure to find something to your tastes at this 3-day festival which takes place the multi-purpose venue, Summerhall.

The 2023 programme includes both established and up-and-coming artists, and offers festival-goers over 50 events to choose from, including:

Performed by some of Scotland’s most exciting writers, A Summerhall Triptych: Tales from the Dissection Room explores the history of Summerhall, while local Edinburgh musician, Hamish Hawk will be performing a solo headline show.

Rapper, songwriter and storyteller Dizraeli will be performing his new book, Animal Noises; Song Exploder welcomes some of Scotland’s foremost rap and hip hop artists, and legendary performance poet and musician, John Hegley will host a creative workshop full of writing, drawing, songs and biscuits. For those planning on attending a few events there is a Festival Pass. These limited number passes provide entry to the majority of the programme free of charge, plus reduced price tickets for the higher priced and smaller events.

In partnership with EHFM community radio station, a number of events can be listened to at home for free. View the full schedule here. There will also be several BSL interpreted performances – the full programme is available on the festival’s Venue and Access page.

Summerhall is on Lothian Buses routes 3, 5, 7, 8, 29, 31, 47, 49 (to/from South Clerk Street) and 42, 67 (to/from the front entrance).

Edinburgh’s International Poetry Festival runs from 24 to 26 November 2023. Full details and ticket information can be found on the Push the Boat Out website.