Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning poet and animateur. He has published two successful chapbooks and an acclaimed debut collection Play With Me (Polygonm, 2013). His second collection, Oyster, surfaced in 2017 with and was illustrated by and performed as a live show with Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison. Pedersen was: named a ‘Canongate Future 40’; a finalist in the 2018 Writer of the Year at The Herald Scottish Culture Awards; awarded the John Mather Trust Rising Star of Literature Award 2014 (appointed by Scottish Poetry Library); and won the 2015 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship — travelling to Grez-sur-Loingin France.  

Pedersen also co-runs and co-founded Neu! Reekie! — a prize winning arts collective, known for producing cutting-edge shows all over the globe and hosting take-overs for National Galleries, National Museums and major festivals.

''Michael Pedersen's poems get under my skin. As well as defining and codifying my own experiences, they also challenge them. And I always feel more upbeat and hopeful after having read them. You really can't ask much more from a poet. If you like poetry that is cool, smart, hilarious and quirky and can just suddenly rip your heart out, Michael Pedersen is your man’. Irvine Welsh 

 ‘Michael’s poems are so physical you can almost touch the images in them. Fabulously sensual and alive. I adore poetry like this’. Stephen Fry