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Ron Butlin - Author

About the Author

Ron Butlin is a poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer and opera librettist whose works have been broadcast in the UK and abroad and have been translated into many languages. He is the author of bestselling poetry collections The Magicians of Edinburgh and The Magicians of Scotland, both published by Polygon, and the children's book Here Come the Trolls (BC Books). His novels include The Sound of My Voice (winner of the Prix Mille Pages 2004 and Prix Lucioles 2005, both for Best Foreign Novel), Night Visits and most recently Belonging. He was Edinburgh Makar from 2008 to 2014.

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Horns & Wings & Stabiliser Things The Lost Poets

Horns & Wings & Stabiliser Things The Lost Poets

Author: Ron Butlin, Andrew Greig, Liz Lochhead, Brian McCabe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

In the seventies and eighties, The Lost Poets - Ron Butlin, Andrew Greig, Liz Lochhead and Brian McCabe, with musician James Hutcheson - were Scotland's reply to the Liverpool Poets. For many years they were regulars on the Edinburgh Fringe and elsewhere. With their unique blend of poetry and music they proved to be an inspiration for much of today's spoken-word movement. Each of them went on to highly successful careers as novelists, playwrights and visual artists, as well as continuing to publish poetry. This collection celebrates The Lost Poets' work and contains new as well as previously published work

The Little Book of Scottish Rain

The Little Book of Scottish Rain

Author: Ron Butlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Bleeters come and bleeters go, they never, never stay - if it's not raining now more rain is on the way. It's widely reported that Eskimos have over 50 words for snow. Given the equivalent ubiquity of rain in Britain's northern climes, it is not surprising that Scots have coined just as many (and possibly many more) expressions for the many different types of precipitation that fall from our skies. In this book Ron Butlin introduces 50 of the most colourful Scottish words for rain in humorous and memorable verse, imaginatively accompanied with illustrations by Tim Kirby.

The Sound of My Voice

The Sound of My Voice

Author: Ron Butlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Morris Magellan is thirty-four years old and already two-thirds destroyed. By day he is an executive, after six and at weekends the husband of an understanding wife and the father of two. At all times he is a music lover and a drunk. Of the past he remembers only fear, and of the future he senses even greater terror to come; he is a man struggling from moment to moment to salvage something of himself before that too slips from his grasp. On one level The Sound of My Voice tells the story of an alcoholic: a frantic attempt by some inner voice to halt an apparent need for self-destruction. More generally it presents the conflict between modern man's cowardice and cruelty, and a desperate attempt to recover humanity.

Sound of My Voice

Sound of My Voice

Author: Ron Butlin Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2017

Morris Magellan is an executive who runs a biscuit company in Scotland. He has a house in the suburbs, nice wife and kids and seems, on the surface, to be an embodiment of Thatcherite values. However, there is one major problem. He is a chronic alcoholic and, from the start, we sense that he is doomed and his life is about to disintegrate. He isn't a coke-and-booze bingeing style victim with one eye on the clock, hoping to meet Ms Right and acquire the two kids and the suburban home that will straighten everything out. He already has all this and it hasn't straightened out anything. Magellan's journey will never end. The Sound of My Voice is as extraordinary a vision of alcoholism as Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano.

Magicians of Scotland, The

Magicians of Scotland, The

Author: Ron Butlin Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2015

'A lively collection of poems that will entertain, move and frequently amuse . . . this book confirms [Butlin] as one of our finest contemporary poets' - Alexander McCall Smith on The Magicians of Edinburgh 'The poetical genius of Butlin . . . Ron Butlin is the voice of Edinburgh' - FringeReview.com 'Butlin is the best, the most productive Scottish poet of his generation' - Douglas Dunn The Magicians of Scotland will build upon the success of The Magicians of Edinburgh (reprinted five times) and on that book's critical acclaim. Ron Butlin was the Edinburgh Makar and this collection will have an Edinburgh emphasis while seeking to celebrate and interrogate Scotland and its people at a crucial turning point in our country's history. Just as The Magicians of Edinburgh's themes ranged from Sir Walter Scott to the new parliament, from Greyfriar's Bobby to the trams, the themes of the new collection will include Scotland's past, present and future, its landscape and people, its myths and politics - from Bannockburn, Flodden to Faslane, the Loch Ness Monster, wind farms, Hutton to Higgs, Bonnie Prince Charlie to Donald Trump. It will be accessible, serious and entertaining.

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