Michael Pedersen. Credits: Hollie McNish

Michael Pedersen

Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet and author. He’s published two acclaimed collections of poetry, with a third, The Cat Prince & Other Poems, published by Corsair/Little Brown in July 2023. His prose debut, Boy Friends, was published by Faber & Faber in 2022 to rave reviews in the UK and North America and was a Sunday Times Critics Choice 2022. Pedersen also won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and the John Mather’s Trust Rising Star of Literature Award. Pedersen’s work has attracted praise from the likes of: Stephen Fry, Kae Tempest, Irvine Welsh, Maggie Smith, Sara Pascoe, Jackie Kay and many more. Co-founder of the literary collective Neu! Reekie!, Pedersen will soon take up a position as Writer in Residence at The University of Edinburgh.

Michael Pedersen can be found discussing his work on friendship and masculinity in ‘Man Talk‘ on The Verb, BBC 3 and reading from his book, Boy Friends, on the Shakespeare and Company podcast.