His book The Sound of My Voice has been included in the Guardian’s ‘1000 Books You Have To Read’ (between Samuel Butler and Albert Camus) and won the Prix MillePages and Prix Lucioles (both for Best Foreign Novel). Mr. Butlin has published over a dozen books and his work has been translated into over ten languages.
A creator of BBC radio plays, he has given countless readings world-wide and represented Scotland at the first New Writing Worlds Symposium. Mr. Butlin has collaborated on five operas, and with a wide range of contemporary composers providing texts for a concerto (Naxos CD), symphonies (Delphian CD), chamber pieces and song cycles.
He has given scores of workshops, seminars and talks in many countries, including serving as a teacher from the elementary to the post-graduate level. In Mauritius, he edited Mauritian Voices, the first anthology of Mauritian writing in English. Mr. Butlin currently teaches courses in music at the University of Edinburgh.
Next year will see the publication of a new collection of poetry, The Magicians of Scotland, and a new novel, Ghost Moon.
Mr. Butlin lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire, and their dog.