With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, Ron Butlin is a former Edinburgh makar, or poet laureate. Before becoming a writer, he was a pop-song lyricist, a footman, a barnacle-scraper on the Thames and a male model. His novel, Ghost Moon, was nominated for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2016. The Scotsman has described him as ‘the best, the most productive Scottish poet of his generation’. Ron’s first poetry book for children, Here Come the Trolls was published by Polygon in 2015, and proved so popular as to prompt a follow-up, Troll Day!, which is forthcoming in 2017.
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