(born 1949 - ) - Edinburgh
Ron Butlin was appointed the Edinburgh Makar in May 2008, taking over from Valerie Gilles. Butlin, who was born in Edinburgh, has been writing poetry, prose and plays since the 1970s. Having worked various as a footman, a male model, and a barnacle-scraper on barges in the River Thames, is now a freelance journalist working for the Sunday Herald.
He has held a number of writer-in-residence positions, with Edinburgh University (1982, 1985), Midlothian council (1989-1990), the Craigmiller Literary Trust in Edinburgh (1997-1998), and St Andrews University (1998-1999).
His books have won a number of SAC awards; the first for the collection The Tilting Room in 1983. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire. Butlin's most recent book is the novel No More Angels.
- Belonging - Paperback
Scottish drifter Jack McCall, handyman in an Alpine ski resort, spends his days sneaking into the empty penthouses of the super-rich with his partner Anna, sipping champagne and partying in private jacuzzis. At 29, Jack's unsure of what he wants from life, but Anna wants commitment.
- Night Visits - Paperback
When Malcolm's father dies, he and his mother, Margaret, return to Margaret's childhood home in Edinburgh, which her sister, Fiona, has converted into a home for the elderly. This is a compulsive novel and a powerful depiction of the disturbing effects of loneliness and loss.
- No More Angels: Stories - Paperback
The stories in 'No More Angels' capture the idiosyncrasies of modern life. A widower struggles to keep his family on the tracks after the death of his young wife, a schoolboy counts down the days, hours, minutes to a friend's party, and a house tour is conducted with the unspoken stench of parenticide hanging in the air.
- Vivaldi And The Number 3 And Other Impossible Stories - Paperback
Butlin looks at the lives of composers and philosophers from unusual but entertaining angles: Vivaldi's creative block is freed with God's gift of the number 3; Mozart struggles for financial independence by becoming Salzburg's first private eye; and Haydn's publicity benefits from an appearance on Jerry Springer.
- Creatures Tamed by Cruelty: Poems in English and Scots and Translations - 1979
- The Exquisite Instrument: Imitations from the Chinese - 1982
- The Tilting Room - 1983
- Ragtime in Unfamiliar Bars - 1985
- The Sound of My Voice - 1987
- Histories of Desire - 1995
- Night Visits - 1997
- Vivaldi and the Number 3 - 2004
- Without a Backward Glance - 2005
- Belonging - 2006
- No More Angels - 2007
- Ron Butlin's homepage
- Ron Butlin at British Council Contemporary Writers
- Interview with the BBC
- Scottish Poetry Library on Ron Butlin
- Colours: A Short Story by Butlin
- The Mighty Handful Vs The Rest of the World: Short Story
- Sherfiff, Susie and Swanny: Short Story
- Ron Butlin's cutural life: The Scotsman