The Magicians of Edinburgh

Ron Butlin

The Magicians of Edinburgh' is a poetic homage to the city of literature in the twenty-first century, drawn from poet Ron Butlin's experience as Edinburgh's Poet Laureate.
Date Published :
October 2012
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Contributor(s) :
James Hutcheson
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ISBN : 9781846972362
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 7.8 X 5.1 inches
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Edinburgh has long inspired writers, from Robert Louis Stevenson to Hugh MacDiarmid. In this sparkling new collection of poems about the city in the twenty-first century, renowned poet and novelist Ron Butlin draws on his experience as Edinburgh's Makar, or Poet Laureate. With verve and wit, Butlin leads the reader on a journey through multi-faceted Edinburgh, a place of sweeping vistas and strip bars, grand towers and failed tramlines, world heritage and homelessness. Underlying all these poems, whether satirical or celebratory, is a deep love for the architecture, landscape and people of Scotland's capital city. The Magicians of Edinburgh will delight long-time residents and visitors alike.

About The Author

Ron Butlin is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer chidlren’s au-thor and librettist whose works have been translated into many languages. He regularly gives creative writing workshops in schools, and was Edinburgh Makar from 2008 to 2014.

James Hutcheson is Creative Director at Birlinn. He has been designing books, book jackets and album covers for many years.


Edinburgh poems in the fullest sense. A consistently successful collection.

- Edinburgh Review

Butlin is the best, the most productive Scottish poet of his generation.

- Douglas Dunn

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