My After-dinner Speeches agent: Speak Out – 0131-440-9226
With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, Ron Butlin is a former Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate (2008-2014). In 2009 he was made the first ever Honorary Writing fellow (together with Ian Rankin) at Edinburgh University. Much of his poetry, as well as many of his novels and short stories, have been broadcast and translated into over a dozen languages. In addition to his plays for BBC radio and theatre, he has written seven opera libretti, three of them for Scottish Opera. He has given readings and talks all over the world.
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Now over to Ron –
This is my first proper website update for more than quite a while, and then some. Many apologies and please blame my e-ignorance and my skill at procrastination. Also, I’ve been very hard at work!
In the last few months I have completed 3 new books that will be published next year – At the Rich Man’s Table (novel), Steve & FranDan (teen novel) and Troll Day! (verse for children).
This writing for kids is a new venture and I enjoy it so much! Especially going to schools and festivals. It’s the beginnings of my second childhood, let’s hope! 3 books finished and accepted – all very exciting, and I’m a bit whacked at present.
In the meantime, my new novel, Ghost Moon, four years in the writing, (Salt Publishing) was nominated for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award for 2016 – certainly one of the biggest prizes in the world. Delighted – and gobsmacked! The novel received great reviews in the Independent and the TLS among others, including a most unexpected five star thumbs-up in the Daily Mail. On 9 Aug the Guardian featured a piece by me, telling the novel’s true-life back story.
I will be appearing at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival to do a poetry event (as former Edinburgh Makar) with Christine de Luca, and also doing a session of trolls for 4 to 7 year-olds with illustrator James Hutcheson. Both gigs are on 21 Aug (10.30 and 13.30 respectively).
I will be performing with musicians Dick Lee and Anne Evans during the Edinburgh Fringe – Fast Forward Scotland! (11-14 Aug) at Valvona & Crolla’s on Elm Row. Our previous Fringe shows gained 5* reviews, so we’ll soon be rehearsing furiously!
Hope to see you at one of these!
Another new venture – After an off-the-cuff speech I gave at a Back Room Dinner, I was approached then signed up on the spot by an agency specialising in public speakers! I’m now on the books with John Sargeant, Brian Taylor, Janice Forsyth and other media stars. I’ve been dining and speaking ever since! See my immodest page on the agency http://www.tmcentertainment.co.uk/speaker-index.html?speakerid=869&speakertypeid=37
(Contact – Speak Out: 0131-440-9226). Please feel free to book me!
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you, if you wish to get in touch!