Michael Pedersen & Omar Musa
Boy Friends & Killernova: a dazzling double launch.
Prize-winning writers Michael Pedersen (Scotland) and Omar Musa (Australia/Malaysia) join forces to present their hotly-anticipated new books. Pedersen’s poetic memoir Boy Friends (published by Faber & Faber) has been flagged as perhaps the most anticipated publication of the year. Whilst Omar Musa’s acclaimed collection Killernova (originally published by Penguin Australia) arrives here in the UK with Broken Sleep Books.
About the writers
Michael Pedersen is a Scottish poet, scribbler, stitcher. He’s unfurled two acclaimed collections of poetry (Polygon Books) with a prose debut, Boy Friends, out with Faber & Faber in July. He won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the John Mather’s Trust Rising Star of Literature Award, and was a finalist for the ‘Writer of the Year’ at The Herald Scottish Culture Awards. With work anthologised by the likes of Pan MacMillan and Canongate Books, his writing has attracted plaudits from voi5930ces as luscious as: Irvine Welsh, Jackie Kay, Stephen Fry, Shirley Manson, Kae Tempest, Ian Rankin, David Shrigley, Charlotte Church, Daljit Nagra, Val McDermid and Scott Hutchison. Image (c) Hollie McNish
‘A friend is a masterpiece of nature, Emerson said—and this book is as perfect a portrait of that natural masterpiece as I have ever read. Enchanting, astonishingly compelling, sparklingly written, rare and to be treasured.’ — Stephen Fry
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He has released three poetry books (including Parang and Millefiori), four hip-hop records, and written an acclaimed one-man play (Since Ali Died). His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was published in 2014 and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin Award. Musa was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015. Killernova is a new collection of poetry and wood cuts that burns blindingly bright. Grappling with his heritage, Omar Musa remixes the ancient art of woodcuts with fiery poetry forged in the stars. Image (c) Cole Bennetts
‘Omar’s poetry slips between two worlds, between play and dread, the sacred and the mundane, with Houdini-like ease. He leans into the mystery, while bringing down the hammer. Like if Frank Ocean ghost-wrote Nostradamus.’ — Hera Lindsay Bird