Ron Butlin






Contact: ron@ronbutlin.co.uk

Literary Agent
Lucy Luck
Lucy Luck Associates
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London SW10 9PT
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After-dinner Speeches
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 (most recently Sweet Dreams for Oran Mor in Glasgow), he has written seven opera libretti, three of them for Scottish Opera.

See tabs (above) for more details. You can reach him at ron@ronbutlin.co.uk

Now over to Ron -


This is my first proper website update for 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 this. I promise. 

In the meantime, my new novel, Ghost Moon, four years in the writing, came out in April (Salt Publishing) It has received great reviews in the Independent and the TLS among others, and was most unexpectedly given a five star thumbs-up in the Daily Mail. I even went out and bought a copy, definitely a first! On 9 Aug the Guardian featured a piece by me, telling the novel's true-life back story.

With composer Lyell Cresswell, I have recently completed a new opera, Wedlock, for Scottish Opera.

A quick update -

1. My recent poetry collection, The Magicians of Edinburgh, is now into its sixth printing. Polygon have recently commissioned a new collection - without even seeing a single poem. A record for poetry, perhaps! I'm now well over halfway there.

2.  On 4 Aug I took part in the BBC's World War 1 Comemoration event, reading a selection of poems by Wilfred Owen, Ewan Mackintosh and myself.  There were musicians and actors as well. Very moving.

3. For this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival a new show has been devised, A Very Edinburgh Celebration! when I'll be appearing once again with acclaimed musicians Dick Lee and Anne Evans. An eight-day run (18-25 August) will take place at the Scottish StoryTelling Centre on the Royal Mile (next to John Knox's house). Please check out details and our 5 ***** reviews for last year at


4.  I'll be appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (12 Aug). Twice on the same day - my own gig at 3.30 (already sold out) and then, with my wife Regi, reading excerpts from Pete Ayrton's WW1 anthology at 8.30pm.

5.  Today (10 Aug) I finish hosting and performing in a series of Tafika Europe shows featuring northern European Literature at Summerhall  

6. After an off-the-cuff speech I gave at a Back Room Dinner last autumn, I was 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 - 


(Contact - Speak Out: 0131-440-9226). Please feel free to book me!

7. While on a reading tour / holiday trip recently, I wrote a children's story in verse - Getting Rid of the Trolls. Birlinn has now accepted this for publication. Hopefully this will lead to a series. It is really fun to write!! 

8.   In conjunction with the Commonwealth Games I performed newly commissioned in Glasgow with jazz ensemble, Dr Lee's Prescription. We repeated this at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and there is to be a gig in the Fringe at the Vin Cafe (24 Aug, 9.30pm).

9.  I'm working on a new novel, The Philosopher's Apprentice.

10. I'm recently back from a reading tour of Eastern Europe, ending up in Poland which I've never before visited. Exciting! 

My email is ron@ronbutlin.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you, if you wish to get in touch!

Sorry again about the stiltedness of the above - once I become more at home with working on the website . . . But for the time being, I remain an e-clod.