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Bringing poetry to life: introducing Edinburgh’s newest festival

Molly McCracken speaks to Push The Boat Out’s Julia Sorensen about what we can expect from Edinburgh’s first International Poetry Festival – and why poetry still matters. Can you tell me about how the festival came to be, given that there’s never been a poetry festival in Edinburgh? Push The Boat Out is the first […]

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Edinburgh: a book lover’s tour

As covid restrictions are finally gone, it’s a wonderful time to explore our city and some of the unique resources and sites available in our UNESCO City of Literature. For those of you new to town, and to those a little bit more settled, hopefully, this quick guide offers you something to discover and a […]

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The Making of a Makar

Jackie Kay stepped down as the Scots Makar, or the National Poet of Scotland, on 14th March, ending a fruitful and inspiring five-year tenure. She succeeded Liz Lochhead in 2016, while her own successor will be announced in the coming months. As Makar, she combined her literary prowess with a vision of accessibility and inclusivity to […]