With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist Ron Butlin is also a former Edinburgh Poet Laureate / Makar. Before taking up writing full-time he was, at various times, a lyricist with a pop band, a barnacle scraper on Thames barges, a footman attending embassies and country houses, and also a male model. He lives in Edinburgh and writes for both adults and children.
About writer's work
I love words, their sound and their magic. Having published nearly 20 books of poetry and fiction for adults and, more recently, for children, I am as excited now to begin work every morning as when I first started. My work has won many awards and prizes both here and abroad. My creative writing workshops are all about helping writers (especially primary school pupils) access their imagination.
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Current events and projects
I give talks and readings world-wide at arts events, book festivals, universities and schools (from a one-room Shetland primary to an Arab tent in Bahrain, from John Knox’s pulpit in St Giles’ Cathedral to the House of Lords). Two new books for spring 2017 – Billionaires, Banquet (novel, for adults – tbp on 15 April); Steve & FranDan Take on the World (novel for 11-14 year olds, tbp on 11May); Day of the Trolls! (verse for 4-7 year-olds) comes out this summer. I am working on a new novel.
Besides my BBC radio plays, much of my work has been broadcast in Britain and abroad. My poetry and fiction have gained several prizes and awards and been translated into over a dozen languages.
Having started out as a lyricist with a pop band (3 records and a brief TV appearance) I still love working with musicians – both jazzers and contemporary classical. I’ve written ‘poetry’ texts for composers for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh Quartet, among many others, plus several opera libretti, mostly for Scottish Opera. I’m a regular at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Most recently I worked with the Tinderbox Orchestra (a truly wonderful youth orchestra) at the Hidden Door Festival 2016.