Commission for Push the Boat Out 2022, a Poetry Festival at Summerhall in Edinburgh.
Push the Boat Out Festival 2022 commissioned seven innovative poets to reimagine some of Scotland’s most famous and infamous mythical beasts for this event, A Poetry Feast of Mythical Beasts. Continuing a rich, global tradition of new writing which retells traditional tales of old, these fresh and dynamic perspectives pull our selkies and fairies into the twenty-first century. With Hollie McNish, Dave Hook, Katie Ailes, Ceitidh Campbell, Anita Mackenzie, Julie Rea and Calum Rodger, expect poetry which challenges the old stories, refreshing rap, and maybe even some dance.
Each poem was supported by illustrations from our partner artists Neil and Charley from design company Púca Printhouse, creators of the beautiful map, ‘The Mythical Beasts of Scotland’.
This event has been supported by the Gaelic Books Council, the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund, delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.
You can listen to the full show on Soundcloud here.