Michael Pedersen: Boy Friends


Thursday 13th October 2022, 6:30pm, £5

Storysmith, 236 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JD

We fell in love with MIchael Pedersen‘s warm and searingly honest Boy Friends earlier this year, so it brings us huge pleasure to welcome him to Storysmith for an evening discussion about this most special of memoirs.

This event will be chaired by none other than Ted Hughes-award-winning poet Hollie McNish!

Tickets include a glass of wine. Pre-order your hardback copy of Boy Friends (rrp £14.99) for a special discounted price with your ticket, then collect on the night!


About Michael Pedersen

Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet and author. His second collection, Oyster (2017), was a collaboration with Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit). Pedersen has been named a Canongate Future 40, was a finalist in 2018 for Writer of the Year at the Herald Scottish Culture Awards, was awarded the John Mather Trust Rising Star of Literature Award and won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. Pedersen also co-founded Neu! Reekie!, a prize-winning arts collective known for producing cutting-edge shows across Scotland and the world.

Image credit: Kat Gollock

About Boy Friends

An intimate and original memoir of love, grief and male friendship by one of Scotland’s brightest young talents.

‘As perfect a portrait of friendship as I’ve ever read.’ STEPHEN FRY

‘Lucid, lyrical, loaded… A love letter to friendship.’ JACKIE KAY

‘A lovely book: bright and heartfelt, funny and refreshing.’ ANDREW O’HAGAN

‘A beautiful, moving, life-affirming book.’ IAN RANKIN

Friendships might just be the greatest love affairs of our lives…

In 2018 poet and author Michael Pedersen lost a cherished friend, Scott Hutchison, soon after their collective voyage into the landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Just weeks later, Michael began to write to him.

As he confronts the bewildering process of grief, what starts as a love letter to one magical, coruscating human soon becomes a paean to all the gorgeous male friendships that have transformed his life.

‘Boy Friends sees Pedersen illuminate these companions with a poet’s eye, a comedian’s timing – and a lover’s care.’ OBSERVER

‘Bonds between male friends have remained weirdly neglected, as if we are scared to examine them too closely. Thank goodness for Michael Pedersen’s honesty and humour. Here is a hymn to the alchemy of friendship.’ HELEN MORT, CAUGHT BY THE RIVER

About Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish is an award-winning poet based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She won the Ted Hughes Award for Nobody Told Me and has published several other collections – Plum, Cherry Pie, Papers, and her most recent, Slug.

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