Blackwell's: From Idea to Finished Book: Book Design *
Discover how the magic happens!
Have you ever wondered how a book turns from an idea in a writer’s brain into the beautiful object you hold in your hands?
For this year’s Rare Books Edinburgh Festival we are hosting a series of talks discussing just that. Join our panels of writers, publishers, editors, agents and others to get an insight into the process.
In this talk, James Hutcheson, Creative Director at Birlinn Publishing, and author Ron Butlin discuss book design.
James Hutcheson works as an illustrator, typographer, cartoonist and graphic designer. His portfolio includes album covers for artists as diverse as Steve Winwood, The Incredible String Band and the mighty Phil Cunningham.
He has worked on publications by British and International authors including Harold Bloom, Charles Bukowski, Alasdair Gray, John Berger, Antonia Fraser, Michel Faber, Alberto Manguel, Yann Martel, Slavoj Zizek, George Monbiot and Alexander McCall Smith and is currently Creative Director at Edinburgh publisher Birlinn/Polygon.
Ron Butlin is a former Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate (2008-2014). In 2009 he was made the first-ever Honorary Writing fellow (together with Ian Rankin) at Edinburgh University. Much of his poetry, as well as many of his novels and short stories, have been broadcast and translated into over a dozen languages. In addition to his plays for BBC radio and theatre, he has written seven opera libretti, three of them for Scottish Opera. He has given readings and talks all over the world. Recently he has also begun writing for children.