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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.
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Now over to Ron for some NEWS!
My 2 new novels have just come out in the last few weeks. All very exciting! And it’s forced me into an e-life that at first bothered and bewildered me, and still does. FB, tweets, online blogs . . . but I’m doing my best.
Billionaires’ Banquet (novel), was published on 15 April. Early reviews augur well. The Scottish Review of Books declared it to be ‘Brilliant!’ Other reviewers concur. Book websites have been particularly generous (e.g. as in Book Munch: ‘thrilling . . . hugely entertaining . . . . fast-paced, very funny and with characters whose joie-de-vivre is simply irresistible. A cracking good read.’) and their words of wisdom will soon be posted on this website. There were 2 launches, both standing room only. The books ran out but the wine didn’t. Truly heartening.
Ian Rankin said he thoroughly enjoyed it and tweeted to that effect. (Thank you, Ian.) I, too, have tweeted after a modest fashion.
Steve & FranDan Take on the World (novel for 1o to 14-year olds) appeared on 11 May. A early review in LoveReading4kids really loved it: ‘Action-packed . . . will keep readers on the edge of their seats.’ More fabbie reviews followed from grown-up reviewers e.g. Herald: ‘a whitewater ride of a book’. All 5**** as well as from other young reviewers: ‘Awesome with meaning’; ‘I enjoyed it so much I stayed up till 11pm each night to finish it . . .Humorous, exciting, full of twists and turns, and packed with adventure.’
Writing for kids is a new venture and I enjoy it so much! Especially having the chance to go to schools and festivals. 150 kids is an awaful lot when you see them all at once!
If I can nagivate things, there will cover pics and full details about both books elswhere on my website. A rather big if, though . . .
I am now hard at another adventure novel for kids and love writing it! I wish I had discovered writing for children much earlier. You have to write the truth and nothing but the truth, no matter how much fun you manage to include as well.
A totally new venture: Immediately after an off-the-cuff speech I gave at a Back Room Dinner, I was approached and then signed up on the spot by an agency specialising in public speakers!
Most recently, I gave the after-dinner speech at a Merchant Company of Edinburgh dinner. The Secretary and Chamberlain wrote to me afterwards: ‘You were amazing! Thank you very much for the time you spent with us. It did go down really well.’
I’m now on the books with John Sargeant, Brian Taylor and other media and sports stars. I’ve been dining and speaking ever since! See my immodest page on the agency website http://www.tmcentertainment.co.uk/speaker-index.html?speakerid=869&speakertypeid=37
(Contact – Speak Out: 0131-440-9226). Please feel free to book me!
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