Michael Pedersen is a Robert Louis Stevenson Award winner, a John Mathers Trust Rising Star of Literature, a Canongate Future 40 and a Callum McDonald Memorial Award finalist. He has two chapbooks under his belt and two collections, published by Polygon books – his most recent illustrated by Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit. With fans ranging from Irvine Welsh and Liz Lochhead to Stephen Fry and Charlotte Church, Michael has also written pop songs for bands and short plays for National Theatre of Scotland (Five Minute Theatre) and Edinburgh Art Festival (co-written with Alan Bissett). In 2010, Michael co-founded the prize-winning literary collective Neu! Reekie!, which, has produced many shows (in Scotland and internationally) and birthed a burgeoning publishing house and micro record label. Michael has read in a range of places including: Sidewalk Cafe (New York), Meiji Gakuin University (Tokyo), Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (Bali), Lake of Stars (Malawi), Kosmopolis Festival (Barcelona), Nirxo Words (Johannesburg), Latitude Festival (UK), Edinburgh International Book Festival, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 6, BBC Arts Night & realms beyond.