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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 successful chapbooks under his belt and a full collection, published by Polygon books, with a second forthcoming in 2017. With fans ranging from Irvine Welsh and Liz Lochhead to Stephen Fry and Young Fathers, 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, prize-winning, literary collective Neu! Reekie!, which, to-date, has produced over 100 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 and Readers Festival (Bali), Lake of Star (Malawi), Latitude Festival (UK), BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 6, BBC Arts Night and beyond.