If you wish to commission a poem, discuss a project or invite me to give a reading, please contact me direct: ron@ronbutlin.co.uk

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For my work for children (Trolls series, Steve & Frandan series) please contact Kathryn Ross: Tel 0131-657-4412 / 07980 668310
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An international prize-winning novelist, Ron Butlin is also 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 work — novels, short stories and poetry — has 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. Recently he has begun writing for children. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire.

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With two books published in 2018, I have recently finished a new children’s adventure novel, Gone Missing, in which the kids take on a gang of people smugglers. The first draft of the follow-up, The Hottest Day Ever, is set in a haunted castle where the kids confront eco-criminals.

I wish I had discovered writing for children much earlier. Unlike adults, they demand the truth. And lots of fun, too, of course.

I am also halfway through a new poetry collection.


Since the beginning of this year I have appeared at several festivals, enjoyed three reading tours to the Highlands and Islands, taught at Moniack Mhor Writers Retreat, visited several schools and fulfilled commissions.

Of particular pleasure to me will be the long-awaited reunion of the Lost Poets group with Liz Lochhead, Brian McCabe, Andrew Greig and myself, plus musician Jim Hutcheson. We have been invited to perform together again for the first time in many years at the National Library of Scotland on 1st October.   A tour will follow and a film made. All very exciting!

A large-scale opera is now under discussion (I will write the libretto) and a commission for voice and chamber ensemble is already underway. I will soon begin a new series of occasional classes in music at Edinburgh University. Next spring, I will be giving one of the university’s highly prestigious Open Lectures.

I love words, their sound and their magic. Having published nearly 20 books of poetry and fiction for adults and, more recently, for children, I am as excited now to begin writing every morning as when I first started. My work has won many awards and prizes both here and abroad. My creative writing workshops are all about helping writers (especially primary school pupils) access their imagination.

I look forward to hearing from you, should you ever wish to get in touch!


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