The Magicians of Edinburgh

By Ron Butlin

Illustrator: James Hutcheson

Format: Paperback

'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.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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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.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 6 Aug 2012
ISBN 9781846972362
Number of Pages 112

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"Butlin is the best, the most productive Scottish poet of his generation." --Douglas Dunn 'Edinburgh poems in the fullest sense. A consistently successful collection.' Edinburgh Review

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