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Michael Pedersen

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Contact: michael@neureekie.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English, Scots
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Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning poet and animateur. He has published two successful chapbooks and an acclaimed debut collection Play With Me (Polygon). His second collection, Oyster, surfaced in 2017, also with Polygon, and was illustrated by and performed as a live show with Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison.

He was shortlisted for 2018 Writer of the Year (Herald's Scottish Culture Awards), named a 'Canongate Future 40', awarded the John Mather Trust Rising Star of Literature 2014 (appointed by Scottish Poetry Library), and received a Cove Park residency and the 2015 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship travelling to Grez-sur-Loing in France. Allied to this, he co-runs/co-founded Neu! Reekie! events, publishing, record label, known as one of the UK's fastest moving arts collectives. Now over eight years old, Neu! Reekie! have produced shows all over the globe.

Michael has collaborated with artists, musicians and filmmakers, whilst scripting short plays for National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh Art Festival. Having developed an electric reputation on the performance circuit he has read at various events throughout the world including: Edinburgh International Book Festival; Sidewalk Café (New York); Lake of Stars Festival (Malawi); Meiji Gakuin Arts (Tokyo); Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (Indonesia). 

(Photo credit: James Barlow)

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Chairing events

Topics of work

Adolescence; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Event production; Family; Friendship; Love & romance; Nature

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+