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Michael Pedersen and Frightened Rabbit to launch Oyster at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Michael Pedersen and Frightened Rabbit to launch <i>Oyster</i> at Edinburgh International Book Festival
13 June 2017
Polygon announce an exciting new collaboration between prize-winning Scottish poet Michael Pedersen and lead singer of world-renowned Scottish band Frightened Rabbit, Scott Hutchison.

At the launch of the programme for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, it was announced that Hutchison and Pedersen will appear at a joint event in Charlotte Square on Friday 18th of August to launch Oyster, a new book by Pedersen containing a host of reactive illustrations by Hutchison. Oyster stands testament to years of friendship, feasting and creative experimentations.

OYSTER is the second collection from prize-winning poet Michael Pedersen
OYSTER features bespoke illustrations from Frightened Rabbit lead singer and songwriter Scott Hutchison
OYSTER is iced, spiced, baked and beaming for your pleasure

Michael Pedersen said: ‘Working with cherished friends on projects of such a formidable cut is a championing concept. When the shining soul in question happens to be a blisteringly, brilliantly braw illustrator and, by chance, one of your favourite songwriters, well then, the job’s a bobby-dazzler. Each stroke of Scott’s pushes these poems further forward.’

Scott Hutchison said: ‘I would have worked with Michael even if he wasn’t one of my dearest friends. His poetry is so thrilling, I get caught up in his worlds and am taken effortlessly into the considered stream of consciousness. It was a challenge to distill the work, to represent such an ebullient and illuminated mind in each artwork. I hope I did it justice.’

Praise for Oyster & Michael Pedersen: ‘Michael Pedersen’s poems get under my skin. And I always feel more upbeat and hopeful after having read them. You really can’t ask much more from a poet’ – Irvine Welsh

‘A cosmic, playful, weird and extravagant striptease of words for the brain, genitals and tender hearts . . . I LOVE it’ – Charlotte Church

'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

Find out more about Oyster.