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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This is my first proper website update for more than quite a while. Many apologies to everyone for its previous lamentable state. Please blame my e-ignorance and my skill at procrastination. Once I get a proper grasp of how to update properly, I will do so and and in a more informal tone than in the section above. I promise.
In the meantime, my new novel, Ghost Moon, four years in the writing, (Salt Publishing) has just been nominated for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award for 2016 – certainly one of the biggest prizes in the world. Delighted – and gobsmacked! Fingers crossed, please. 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.
This year my new poetry collection, The Magicians of Scotland, was published. My first children’s book, Here Come the Trolls!, came out at the end of October and I have just complete a novella for early teens – Bring It On! The beginnings of my second childhood, let’s hope!
With composer Lyell Cresswell, I have recently completed a new opera, Wedlock, for Scottish Opera.
A quick update –
1. The Magicians of Scotland, my new poetry collection, received two launches. Blackwell’s (standing room only) and at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (20 Aug).
2. 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!
3. I have recently completed a new novel, Getting A Place At The Rich Man’s Table
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you, if you wish to get in touch!