Boy Friends

Boy Friends

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Waterstones Sauchiehall Street

153-157 Sauchiehall Street


G2 3EW

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An evening with Michael Pedersen as he discusses his beautiful memoir with Ricky Ross

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An intimate and dazzlingly original memoirof love, grief and male friendship from prize-winning Scottish poet and author Michael Pedersen.

I’ve never been so zealously of the opinion that friendships might just be the greatest love affairs of our lives . . .

In 2018, Michael Pedersen lost a most cherished friend soon after their collective voyage into the landscape and luminosity of the Scottish Highlands. Sitting at a desk at The Curfew Tower, Northern Ireland, Michael begins to write to his departed friend – Scott Hutchison. What starts as a love letter to one magical, coruscating human soon becomes a paean to many friendships –perhaps all friendship.

InBoy Friends, Pedersen confronts the bewildering process of grief. As memories rise to the surface – both heart-wrenching and hilarious –he recalls his younger self: the overly sensitive boy growing up in working-class Edinburgh; his befuddling stint in an ancient collegiate university; a short-lived, combustible career as a lawyer; and, foremost, the gorgeous male friendships that have formed his life.

Written to glitter, with intoxicating energy,Boy Friendsis a powerful depiction of friendship and loss, a homage to the beauty of moments shared.

‘Astonishingly compelling . . . as perfect a portraitof friendshipas I’ve ever read.’ STEPHEN FRY

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

‘Dazzling, irreverent and laugh out loud funny. A delight.’ SHIRLEY MANSON

‘Michael writes with true sensitivityand power . . . he is a master of words; he plays them like music.’ KATE TEMPEST

‘A writer that binds us, helps us celebrate the best things about being human.’ GEMMA CAIRNEY

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 theHerald 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.

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