Ron Butlin

Novelist, Short-story writer, Poet


Ron Butlin is the current Edinburgh Makar (Poet Laureate). In 2009 he was made the first Honorary Writing Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, together with Ian Rankin. His poetry and prose have won several Scottish Arts Council Book Awards and been widely translated. The Sound of My Voice was the winner of the Prix Mille Pages and Prix Lucioles (both for Best Foreign Novel), and was included in the recent Guardian‘s 1000 Books You Have To Read. A play based on this novel was presented by the Glasgow Citizens Theatre and ran throughout the 2009 Edinburgh Festival. 2010 saw the production of his new opera with Lyell Cresswell, The Money Man, for Scottish Opera. His most recent novel is Belonging, ‘A gripping read . . . a real page-turner’ (Guardian), which was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. His most recent collection of short stories, No More Angels, was described as ‘an emotional roller-coaster… If you love great books, read this, then everything Ron Butlin has penned.’ (Daily Record). He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire, and their golden retriever.

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Ron Butlin

Novelist, Short-story writer, Poet


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  • University of Edinburgh, 2010–2012