Based in Edinburgh’s Summerhall arts centre, Push the Boat Out is an exciting new festival bringing together overlapping artforms such as poetry, spoken word, live music, hip hop, songwriting, film, sound, gaming, visual art and concrete poetry. Through a varied programme of performances, discussions, installations, exhibitions and workshops, the festival expands the boundaries of each artform and provides a platform for a response in words and language to our shared experience of life in the 21st century. This connection is augmented by a free specially-curated online programme.
David White attended the Brian Bilston event on 5th November: ‘Really enjoyable – although Brian was unable to attend due to testing positive for Covid, his readings over video-link were just as entertaining as I’d imagine it to be in-person, extracting the funniest gems from morsels of everyday life alongside clever and occasionally poignant wordplay. Reading from his book ‘Days Like These: An Alternative Guide to the Year in 366 Poems’, his skills in sarcastic articulation were well to the fore: sometimes self-deprecating, sometimes satirical, always funny, but up to any scrutinising standard you might apply, of ‘good poetry’.’