Edinburgh has long inspired writers, from Robert Louis Stevenson to Hugh MacDiarmid. In this sparkling collection of poems about the city in the twenty-first century, renowned poet and novelist Ron Butlin draws on his experience as Edinburgh’s Makar, or Poet Laureate. With verve and wit, Butlin leads the reader on a journey through multi-faceted Edinburgh, a place of sweeping vistas and strip bars, grand towers and failed tramlines, world heritage and homelessness. Underlying all these poems, whether satirical or celebratory, is a deep love for the architecture, landscape and people of Scotland’s capital city. The Magicians of Edinburgh will delight long-time residents and visitors alike.
“This collection is both a celebration and critique of everything Edinburgh, incorporating everything from the New Town to Newington, from philosophy to politics, from grey skies to Greyfriar’s Bobby. This is not a depiction of a nostalgic, shortbread-tin Edinburgh, but rather a frank, witty and honest portrait of Scotland’s capital city. These poems are celebratory without being sentimental and critical without being damning, and will undoubtedly make readers with a connection to Edinburgh fall in love with the city all over again.”
-Rachel Rankin, Scottish Poetry Library volunteer
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