Edinburgh Book Festival to celebrate Scott Hutchison

Neu! Reekie! co-founder Michael Pedersen will pay tribute to the late, great Scott Hutchison at Edinburgh International Book Festival’s event for Oyster, Pedersen’s poetry collection which Hutchison illustrated

Article by Jamie Dunn | 14 Jun 2018
  • Michael Pedersen and Scott Hutchison

Last month, Scotland’s music community was rocked by the news that the much-loved Frightened Rabbit frontman and artist Scott Hutchison had taken his own life. The loss is still deeply felt. Hutchison was due to make an appearance at Edinburgh International Book Festival this year with his friend Michael Pedersen, with whom he’d collaborated on the poetry collection Oyster, with Pedersen providing the poems and Hutchison doing the illustrations.

The event will still go ahead, but now as an act of homage to Hutchison. Pedersen will be joined by some of Hutchison's close friends, including Hollie McNish, Withered Hand and E A Hanks, as they perform their own work, share stories about their departed pal and celebrate his life and immense talent.

Join Pedersen and co in EIBF’s The Spiegeltent on 16 August for this fitting tribute, and we’ll leave you with the beautiful words Pedersen wrote about his friend Scott in our own tribute to him in our June issue:

"To my best friend Scott John H-Craft. You brilliant beautiful human soul – a best to many I’ve no doubt and rightly/most righteously so; be it bandmates, brothers, lovers, mothers, wooden spoons or complete strangers. You are gone now (as we know it) and that is not, nor will it ever be, okay. The devastating and abundant void you left spills among us, it encases us like arms can like wax like ocean. I know now that this same force shall unify us, for in it is the befuddling beauty of an entire galaxy of magnets – it is your pull, you supreme magnet, you glimmering moon.

“Let’s keep talking – I love you…. Michael xXx" 

Michael Pedersen's Oyster Party for Scott Hutchison, Thu 16 Aug, 6.30-8pm, The Spiegeltent; tickets on sale 8.30am on 26 Jun
Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018 takes place from 11-27 Aug at Charlotte Square, Edinburgh