Daniel Butler

Non-fiction writer, Novelist

Daniel Butler, born in 1963, has been writing professionally since 1989. At first he was just a freelance journalist, specialising in rural and environmental features, but he now concentrates on writing books. His books include The Red Tail: sharing the seasons with a hawk (Jonathan Cape, 1994); Urban Dreams, Rural Realities (Simon & Schuster, 1998); How to Plant a Tree (Ivy Press, 2008); Fungi Forays (New Holland, 2012) and A Mushroom is a Misunderstood Rose (Kindle, 2012). He also works as a ghost-writer and is currently working on a book about wood as a non-polluting energy source.

His current projects include leading edible mushroom safaris, restoring a Welsh coastal farmhouse, writing his first novel for children, and training a goshawk. He has also taken on a part-time role as fungal tutor at Aberystwyth University. He lives on a 13-acre smallholding in mid-Wales where he cultivates weeds and despises sheep when not indulging his passions for falconry, fungi and firewood. He has two children, two stepchildren and two energetic piglets.

Daniel Butler


Aberystwyth University 2010-12
Aberystwyth University 2006-08