Author details

Larry Butler


Born in the USA, attended art schools (Beaux Arts – Paris, Ruskin School of Drawing – Oxford); lived in Glasgow since 1981, where I earn my living teaching Tai-Chi; I co-founded the Poetry Healing Project and Survivors' Poetry Scotland; worked in London as Director of PlaySpace Trust, Matchbox Theatre, co-director Drama Therapy Centre. I am convenor for Lapidus Scotland (creative words for health & well-being). In 2004 I completed a feasibility study - Arts on Prescription - for the Glasgow Health Board; and I’ve part of a growing community committed to living mindfully & sustainably. I work part-time at the Maggie Cancer Care Centre.

Current events and projects

Readings, workshops, celebrations, collaborations, anywhere in Scotland; with all kinds of people and all ages. I like combining writing with other art forms, games, music, dance, drama, visual art, martial arts and improvisation. I have a particular interest in working in health & social care settings.

Other work

Games Games (PlaySpace Trust & National Playing Fields Association, 1978)
Yuga Night with G Loose & C McGee (Writer's Forum, 1986) ISBN 0 86162 365 9
Sweet Sour & Serious (editor – Survivors’ Press 1996) ISBN 09529140 0X
Nibbles, a cookbook of ideas for writers compiled & edited with Janet Paisley, Anne Hay (survivors’ Press – 2001) ISBN 0952914050 
Han Shan Everywhere (daemon 11 – 2006) ISSN 1368-3055
Poems and articles in various magazines and anthologies


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Poet, Writer



Books written

Butterfly Bones

Author(s): Larry Butler
Larry Butler's poetry is about the rare joys of life - munching stolen chanterelles over an open fire in the rain, working at a desk and hearing your lover finally return home from a journey - jo