A wee word from Edinburgh's Makar Ron Butlin, on the year coming to a close and the one about to begin...
It's been a busy year for Edinburgh's Makar Man. Two new plays - Sweet Dreams, which went down a storm at Oran Mor, and The Red-Headed League (after the Sherlock Holmes' story) which gave a light-hearted finish to the first Bloody Scotland crime writers' festival, starring Val McDermid, Stuart McBride, Lin Anderson, Alex Gray and among many blood-soaked others. My new poetry collection, The Magicians of Edinburgh (Polygon August 2012), is now into its second reprint. A record for poetry, surely!
Away from the armchair (desks remind me of grisly schooldays) I gave readings at festivals here and abroad, must unusual being a solo gig at the House of Lords. Cheeriest gigs were with jazzers Dick Lee and Anne Evans at our Fringe show The Magicians of Edinburgh. There's even a CD!
One New Year's resolution is to finish my new novel, Ghost Moon, before it finishes me. I've been at it for three years going on thirty. Meanwhile, I'm knocking off the xmas cards at a high rate of mph, haunting M&S for the right size of Yuletide ham for my Swiss wife Regi and opening more than enough wine for visitors.
Merry Festives everyone!