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Michael Pedersen

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Contact: michael@neureekie.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English, Scots
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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.

(Photo credit: James Barlow)

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk

Topics of work

Adolescence; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Event production; Family; Friendship; Love & romance; Nature

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+