Makar's new poetry collection celebrates Edinburgh's magic

Lord Provost Donald Wilson hosted the launch of City 'Poet Laureate' Ron Butlin's latest publication at the City Chambers.

Entitled The Magicians of Edinburgh, the new book includes poems inspired by the statue of Sir Walter Scott, the Edinburgh City Bypass and the Scottish Parliament, among many other recognisable city landmarks and stories.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson with Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin at the launch of The Magicians of Edinburgh, August 2012 Lord Provost Donald Wilson, who contributed a foreword for the book, said: "It was a great honour to be asked to write the foreword to Ron Butlin's new book The Magicians of Edinburgh. In both our respective roles - he as Edinburgh Makar, or 'Poet Laureate', and I as Edinburgh's 'First Citizen' - we stand as representatives of this beautiful City and are united in our pride and love for Edinburgh. Ron's poems offer a fresh perspective on well known Edinburgh stories and landmarks and conjure a kaleidoscopic portrait of Scotland's Capital and her inhabitants."

Ron Butlin said: "It is a real honour to be our city's Makar, and The Magicians of Edinburgh expresses my deep love for our nation's Capital. In this new collection of poems I want to explore Edinburgh's past, present and future, to celebrate its fascinating and often surreal mix of Georgian elegance, hi-tech finance, glorious vistas and, most of all, show my affection for the people who live here and make it all happen - the real magicians!"

The Magicians of Edinburgh is published by Polygon, with illustrations by James Hutcheson.

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