Contact: ron@ronbutlin.co.uk






For any book stuff please contact me at ron@ronbutlin.co.uk

Ditto if you wish to buy a signed copy of any of my books.

For me as an after-dinner speaker, contact: 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. Recently he has also begun writing for children.

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

Now over to Ron for some NEWS!


I have two books coming out in 2018.

My novel, The Sound of My Voice, has been almost continuously in print since first appearing. A definitive new edition will be published on 5 April. Here are some facts and quotes –

Winner of Prix Mille Pages 2004 in Best Foreign Novel category
Winner of Prix Lucioles 2005 in Best Foreign Novel category
Guardian’s List of Best Books – 1,000 Novels Everyone Must Read (between Samuel Butler and Albert Camus)
100 Best Scottish Books (the List)

‘This is experimental, raw Scottish fiction at its best.’ The Bookseller’s Top Scottish Picks for 2018

‘a profound and beautifully written study of human fragility in the face of the brutalism of modern life.’ James Robertson

‘Playful, haunting and moving, this is writing of the highest quality . . . One of the most inventive and daring novels ever to have come out of Scotland.’ Ian Rankin

‘One of the class post-war Scottish novels. It’s simply a roaring success on all levels; it’s a genius piece of fiction.’ Irvine Welsh

‘Butlin’s novel deserves to be talked about in the same breath as Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day.’ Metro

‘An extraordinarily powerful and redemptive work, as impressive for its use of language as for its emotional appeal. Butlin’s only precursor is Kafka.’ Time Out

I will also be publishing a short book of short verse on a very Scottish subject. The Scottish Book of Rain is due out this summer.

Meanwhile, I am hard at writing another adventure novel for kids and love it! I so wish I had discovered writing for children much earlier. Unlike adults, they demand the truth. And lots of fun, too, of course!


4 appearances at the Wee Write Festival had to be postponed (Thank you, snow). Will be rescheduled.

Reading for Amnesty at Edinburgh University Chaplaincy Centre, Sunday 11 March, 11.00

Blackwell’s, South Bridge, Edinburgh. ‘Books and Publishing’ panel discussion. Thurs 22 March, 6.30

The Bakehouse, Gatehouse of Fleet – Reading rescheduled for Saturday 24 March, 7.30

The Lighthouse Bookshop, Edinburgh. Launch of The Sound of My Voice. Fri 6 April, 8.00pm Entry £3, refundable on purchase of a book!

Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow. 28 March, 2.00

Methodist Church, Nicholson Square, Edinburgh. Reading with Regi Claire for Christian Aid. Sat 12 May, 1.30

Edinburgh University, Centre for Open Learning. One-day course – The Concerto. Mon 6 August, 10.00 to 4.00

Edinburgh University, Centre for Open Learning. One-day course – The Basics of Music. Wed 6 Aug, 10 to 4.00

Nairn Festival, ‘Roving Poet’, Fri 14 & Sat 15 September


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


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