Ron Butlin at Blackwell’s, Edinburgh South Bridge


Blackwell’s are delighted to be welcoming award-winning poet, playwright and novelist, Ron Butlin along to the shop to discuss his life-affirming, highly buoyant, standalone novel, So Many Lives and All of Them Are Yours, that takes in themes of Scottish independence and love in later life. Join Ron on Wednesday 13th September at 7pm as we celebrate the publication of the eagerly awaited novel that features characters from the international prize-winning The Sound of My Voice.

After being sacked from his high-power executive job, Morris now has nothing to lose. He is free – sort of. Determined to devote what time he has left to creating music, his lifelong dream, he returns to his childhood home, ‘to kickstart his life once more – and this time get it right!’ Very soon, however, things start going wrong. Very wrong. Not only does his past catch up with him, but the future that is rushing towards him becomes more threatening by the day. Old bad habits creep back in again. Then he meets Jess. Upbeat, laugh-out-loud funny, this compelling novel, set in the Borders, swinging sixties London and present-day Edinburgh, touches on music, Scottish independence, love in later life and, most of all, how to make the most of one’s life before it is too late.

With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, Ron Butlin is a former Edinburgh Poet Laureate. Before becoming a writer, he was a barnacle-scraper on Thames barges, a pop-song lyricist, a footman and a male model. He has published nearly twenty books; his work has won many prizes and been widely translated. His novel, Ghost Moon, was nominated for the international IMPAC Prize 2016. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire, and their dogs.

Doors: 6.30pm, event starts: 7pm.

Tickets are £3 which can be redeemed against the price of the book on the evening of the event, and there is a Ticket & Book option which includes a signed copy of So Many Lives and All of Them Are Yours.

The bookshop has level access, events are seated and speakers use microphones. If you have any concerns about accessibility, please do get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Please do not attend the event if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been advised to self isolate. For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can’t make it to the event, please contact the Blackwell’s events team on 0131 622 8222 or

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Wednesday 13 Sep 2023
Blackwell's South Bridge, Edinburgh. United Kingdom