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international reputation as a prize-winning novelist,
Ron Butlin is also the Edinburgh Makar (poet laureate).
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 ten languages. In addition to his
plays for BBC radio and theatre (most recently Sweet Dreams for
Oran Mor in Glasgow), he has written five operas, two of
them for Scottish Opera.
(above) for more details. You can reach him at
Now over to
This is my
first proper website update - so many apologies to
everyone for the previous lamentable state. It was a
victim of my e-ignorance and my skill at
procrastination. From now on I intend to be e-active,
more or less. Fingers crossed!
I have just
finished a new novel, Ghost Moon, which took nearly
three years. That is my excuse.
See below for
what else I've been up to this last year. Such as a new
collection of poetry, The
Magicians of Edinburgh and a new play, Sweet Dreams. Also
I gave readings at many festivals and also one in the
House of Lords! During term time I teach part-time
courses in music (Concertos
for All and Symphonies
for All at the University of Edinburgh's Office
of Lifelong Learning)
I look forward to hearing from you, if you wish to get in touch!
6 Dec – Switched on Xmas lights at St Patrick Square
11 Dec – GUEST at SCO concert
20 Dec – INTERVIEW for STV website. Makar’s New Year resolutions for 2012!
NOTE – Most of this year I have been working on a new novel set in Edinburgh, Ghost Moon. January and February were also largely spent finalising the text and proofs for my new poetry collection The Magicians of Edinburgh.
5 Jan – TALK at Scottish Writers Centre (Glasgow)
19 Jan – ‘Symphonies for All’ course at Edinburgh University extended for further six weeks.
23 Feb – GUEST at presentation of Edinburgh Award to Professor Higgs.
26 Feb – ACTED in Alasdair Gray’s Fleck at Oran Mor in Glasgow
27 Feb – COMMISSIONED to write poem for the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society
(ALCS) to be performed at the House of Lords in June.
1 Mar – TALK at Royal Society of Edinburgh
2 MAR – READING at Edinburgh University
10 Mar – TALK at the Aye Write! Festival in Glasgow
17 Mar – GUEST at SCO concert
20 Mar – READING for Scottish PEN
24 Mar – JUDGE for the Get Inspired! competition at National Galleries of Scotland
30 Mar - SWEET DREAMS, my new play for Oran Mor (Glasgow), goes into production
31 Mar – GUEST of Scottish Opera
NOTE –Much of this month is spent in revision and rehearsal of SWEET DREAMS and in finalising The Magicians of Edinburgh
15 April – GUEST at Italian Film Festival dinner and screening
19 April – SPEECH and prize giving for Get Inspired! at NGS
21 April – GUEST of SCO
1 May – READING at Traverse Theatre
– GUEST at Southside Association reception
2 May – THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE, play adaptation for ‘Bloody Scotland’ crime
festival, is commissioned.
3 May – READING at Traverse Theatre (texts by Arab Spring writers)
4 May – READING at Traverse Theatre
– Meeting with Peggy Hughes of UNESCO City of Literature to discuss developing
8 May – TALK / WORKSHOP at Drummond High School
14 May – SWEET DREAMS goes into rehearsal
15 May – TALK at Drummond High School
17 May – GUEST at Callum Macdonald Awards at National Library of Scotland
24 May – SWEET DREAMS – dress rehearsal (private)
25 May – GUEST at Scottish Opera
28 May – SWEET DREAMS opens at Oran Mor
29 May – TALK / READING at Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre
31 May – Travel to give READING at Coeur de Livres, the international book festival in
2 June – SWEET DREAMS finishes its run at Oran Mor. Full houses and enthusiastic
4 June – SWEET DREAMS receives extra performance at Pitlochry. Again a full house and
enthusiastic audience response.
18 June – Retiring as Royal Literary Fund Fellow at University of Edinburgh (OLL).
Reception held in my honour.
20 June – TALK at Penicuik High School
26 June – GUEST at Parnassus International Poetry Summit at the Royal Festival Hall
27 June – READING of commissioned poem ‘Taking Our Cue from God’ at the House of
Lords (London) for ALCS and the Parliamentary Cross-Party Writers’ Group
Note - Most of this month is taken up with devising and rehearsing a new Fringe show, with jazz musicians, based on my soon-to-be-published collection THE MAGICIANS OF EDINBURGH.
23 July – INTERVIEW for TV programme about William McGonigal
24 July – PHOTO-SHOOT for Fringe show publicity
28 July – THE MAGICIANS OF EDINBURGH (Fringe show) has preview performance at
The Scottish Storytelling Centre
Note – Most of this month taken up with performances of THE MAGICIANS OF EDINBURGH (Edinburgh Fringe show). This did very well, both in terms of audience response and books sales! See 5 star review at FringeReview.com
1 Aug – INTERVIEW for STV website
2 Aug – GUEST at reception to City of Words exhibition in the library of Edinburgh
University (which featured items about myself and my work)
3 Aug – Full-length article commissioned by Scotsman about being Edinburgh Makar
7 Aug – Opening of THE MAGICIANS OF EDINBURGH (Fringe show)
8 Aug – INTERVIEW on BBC Radio Scotland (live broadcast before Fringe audience at
9 Aug – Reception for the launch of THE MAGICIANS OF EDINBURGH in the City
Chambers hosted by Donald Wilson the Lord Provost of Edinburgh (who also very
kindly wrote the Foreword to the collection)
11 Aug – POEM of the WEEK in the Herald
16 Aug – ‘Concertos for All’ – a one-day course at the University of Edinburgh (OLL)
18 Aug – READING (solo) at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
21 Aug – READING at Edinburgh Fringe Book Festival
24 Aug – READING at Amnesty / Scottish PEN event for Imprisoned Writers at the EIBF
25 Aug – Article for the Queen’s Hall Newsletter
28 Aug – READING at Blackwell’s Bookshop for New Writing Scotland
10 Sept – TALK at Scottish Poetry Library
11 Sept – Meeting with the Scottish Literary Tour Company
12 Sept – INTERVIEW for the Scotsman
13 Sept – READING at Off the Page Stirling Book Festival
16 Sept – THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE, play, performed at Bloody Scotland festival
19 Sept – COMMISSIONED to write poem for Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
22 Sept – POEM of the WEEK in the Scotsman
25 Sept – GUEST of National Theatre of Scotland
27 Sept – COMMISSIONED poem, ‘What the Well-Dressed City Wears’, delivered to the
Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
Note – Most of this month is spent completing my novel GHOST MOON
1 Oct – ‘Concertos for All’ ten-week course begins at Edinburgh University (OLL)
3 Oct – Meeting with the director at Summerhall, the new arts venue
25 Oct – GHOST MOON delivered to my agent
26 Oct – Attended Creative Scotland consultation
1 Nov – SPEECH at Connecting Creativity conference at the National Gallery of Scotland
6 Nov – READING at the Edinburgh Southside Association
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