Michael Pedersen, Jenny Lindsay and Alan Bissett join Yestival. We will be announcing the dates they will be appearing shortly.
Michael Pedersen is a poet, playwright and animateur with a prolific precedent of collaborations, having teamed up with some of the country’s top musicians, film-makers and artists. He is widely published in magazines and journals; with two successful poetry chapbooks and a full length collection, Play With Me, published by Polygon in 2013, which arrived to rave reviews. Pedersen has written short plays for various troupes; scribed pop songs for bands; is a Canongate Future 40; a Cove Park Emerging Writer; and the recipient of the John Mather Charitable Trust Rising Star Award 2014 (nominated by Scottish Poetry Library).
See further: www.birlinn.co.uk/Play-With-Me
Jenny Lindsay regularly performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social-commentary and story-telling. She is the ‘Rally’ half of the literary-cabaret duo Rally & Broad and dedicates as much time to building a scene for live literature as she does to her own writing and performances. She has written commissioned pieces for the Scotsman, the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, and the BBC World Service, amongst others. Her debut collection, The Things You Leave Behind was published by Red Squirrel Press in March 2011. Her most recent pamphlet, The Eejit Pit (2012) is published by Stewed Rhubarb Press.
Alan Bissett is a novelist, playwright and performer from Falkirk. His novels Death of a Ladies’ Man and Pack Men were both shortlisted for Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Fiction of the Year prize 2010 and 2011 and he was Glenfiddich Scottish Writer of the Year in 2011. His play Turbo Folk was shortlisted for Best New Play at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2010 and the short film which he wrote and narrated, The Shutdown, won numerous awards. His new play, The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant, crowd-funded by the Yes movement, opens at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and stars Elaine C. Smith.