RON BUTLIN (b 1949 )
With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, Ron Butlin is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed authors. Before taking up writing full-time he was, at various times, a pop lyricist, a barnacle scraper, a footman and a male model. He is the current Poet Laureate (Makar) for Edinburgh, the UNESCO City of Literature. The Sound of My Voice was awarded the Prix Mille Pages 2004 and Prix Lucioles 2005, both for Best Foreign Novel. His several collections of short stories include No More Angels (2007). His fiction and poetry have been translated into over ten languages. He has collaborated with Lyell Cresswell on two operas: The Perfect Woman (commissioned by Scottish Opera) and Good Angel Bad Angel (commissioned by the Hebrides Ensemble).