Michael Pedersen is a Scottish poet and author, and the Writer in Residence at The University of Edinburgh (2023—2025). His acclaimed prose debut, Boy Friends, was published by Faber & Faber in 2022 and was a Sunday Times Critics Choice. He’s unfurled three collections of poetry, the most recent being The Cat Prince & Other Poems (Little Brown, 2023) — the title poem of which was shortlisted for the Forward Prizes for Poetry. Pedersen has won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and the John Mather’s Trust Rising Star of Literature Award. His words have been published in the likes of The Poetry Review, New Statesman, Gutter, The Dark Horse and The Guardian, and his work has attracted praise from voices as diverse as: Stephen Fry, Kae Tempest, Irvine Welsh, Maggie Smith, Sara Pascoe, Shirley Manson and Jackie Kay.