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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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Hello, following on from three reading tours to the Highlands and Islands in as many weeks with the Edinburgh Quartet, I finished last year by being the main event finale, as it were, at Mallaig’s Write Highland Hoolie. It was a real pleasure to have an hour’s chat with a truly delightful audience, tell a few stories and read to them. Festival director Polly Pullar was kind enough to say: ‘Ron’s talk in our main event was superbly entertaining and kept the audience enthralled, giggling long after it was over…. Not only is he a great storyteller, but he is versatile, humorous and engaging. We loved having him with us.’
At the start of 2020, I took part in the long-awaited reunion of the Lost Poets group with Liz Lochhead, Brian McCabe, Andrew Greig and myself, plus musician Jim Hutcheson at the NLS. It was standing room only and Horns & Wings & Stabiliser Things, the brand-new Lost Poets publication, sold out. It was a truly joyful occasion to share the stage with my very good friends.
Then came lockdown. First casualty was a reading tour in Switzerland, then the cancellation of my talk as part of Edinburgh University’s highly prestigious Open Lectures series. Other events, too, have been cancelled. So it goes. These are very difficult times and so far I have got off lightly. Shopping is stressful, walking near the Meadows and Arthur’s Seat can also be very stressful. I am filled with admiration for front-line staff everywhere: hospitals, surgeries, shops, the bus drivers, posties, binmen… I am so very grateful for all their dedication, commitment and patience. I wish I could feel the same for some of our politicians.
Lockdown means I have plenty of time to work! I am finishing a children’s adventure novel We Want a Future, where the kids take on a gang of eco-criminals. But things being as they are, who knows if it will ever be published… however, I am really enjoying writing it! I am now mulling over writing a possibile sequel to The Sound of My Voice.
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!