Ryan Van Winkle sits down with Edinburgh’s Makar (poet laureate), Ron Butlin, during a recent visit to a slightly noiser than usual Library (apologies for the melody of the office stapler) and discusses where his poems come from and what it’s like to write for musicians – of the popular and operatic variety. We also get the chance to hear a few poems from Ron and listen to an excerpt from the short opera “The Voice Inside” by composer Lyell Cresswell for which Ron wrote the libretto. Produced by Colin Fraser. Incidental music by Ewen Maclean.
About Lyell Creswell
Lyell Cresswell was born in New Zealand and studied at the Universities of Wellington, Toronto, Aberdeen and Utrecht. Following a spell as a music administrator in Wales he returned to Scotland to hold composition fellowships at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He is now a freelance composer based in Edinburgh.
First published 13 February, 2010