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.