About Esther

Esther Rutter is a writer based in Scotland. A non-fiction author represented by Jenny Brown Associates and signed by Granta Books, Esther’s first book This Golden Fleece is due for publication in 2019. From 2017 – 2020 Esther is also Writer in Residence at the University of St Andrews, within the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. In 2017 she won the Society of Authors/Authors Foundation Roger Deakin Award for This Golden Fleece, and received a grant from Creative Scotland to support her in producing her first book.

Esther also works as a freelance Project Manager for UNESCO, developing cultural engagement projects in collaboration with Edinburgh City of Literature Trust. A regular on Scotland’s literary scene, she has hosted Edinburgh’s monthly Literary Salon, managed events at Edinburgh International Book Festival, and worked with journalists, universities and publishers on promoting Edinburgh’s literary heritage. In 2016 she was identified as one of the UK’s developing cultural leaders, winning a place on engage’s prestigious Extend Leadership programme. She also helped Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam graffiti Edinburgh in neon, an adventure you can read about here.

Knitter, natterer, singer and hill-walker, Esther has a soft spot for literary ne’er-do-wells and loves the written word. She read English at Oxford University’s Magdalen College, where she held an academic scholarship and studied with Hermione Lee and Robert Macfarlane, specialising in literary biography and psychogeography. She grew up on a sheep farm and retains an affection for all things woolly.