Friday 2nd – Friday 30th November 2018
Ron Butlin From Model to Makar”
Currie Library Wednesday 14 November, 6.30pm
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Ron Butlin is an international prize-winning novelist and a former Edinburgh Makar. At this year’s PBF he will talk about the highly unusual way he became a writer.  Having left school at 16, he went down to Sixties’ London where he became a pop-song lyricist, a footman and barnacle-scraper on the Thames among other exotic occupations. As   well   as   reading   excerpts   from   his   work,   Ron   will   talk   about   the   highs   and lows   of   his   life   as   a   writer.      Nowadays,   as   well   as   giving   talks   and   readings worldwide, he is in demand as a most entertaining after-dinner speaker. Ron    has    published    nearly    twenty    books,    including    collections    of    poetry, novels   and   volumes   of   short   stories.      His   fiction   and   poetry   have   been translated   into   over   a   dozen   languages   and   his   plays   and   talks   frequently broadcast on the BBC and abroad.  His   work   has   twice   been   awarded   a   ‘Best   Foreign   Novel’   prize.      His   novel “Ghost   Moon”,   was   nominated   for   the   international   IMPAC   Dublin   Literary Award 2016.   Ron   gives   talks   and   readings   worldwide   and   is   a   regular   at   the   Edinburgh International   Book   Festival,   and   also   on   the   Fringe   where   he   performs   with jazzers.      Recently   he   has   begun   writing   verse   and   adventure   stories   for children, and loves every minute of it! He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire, and their dog. Find out more at