Michael Pedersen is a Scottish poet, author, and the newly appointed Writer in Residence at The University of Edinburgh. 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, July 2023) — the title poem of which is currently 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 work has attracted praise from voices as diverse as: Stephen Fry, Kae Tempest, Irvine Welsh, Maggie Smith, Sara Pascoe, Shirley Manson & Jackie Kay.