Creative Writing

This Golden Fleece (2017)

This Golden Fleece follows Esther as she writes and knits her way round the British Isles to learn about the country’s long-held fascination with all things woolly. Her adventures will be published by Granta Books in 2019 as This Golden Fleece.

You can follow her adventures on Instagram @thisgoldenfleece and Twitter @thisgoldfleece, or find out more in the press release below:

Debut writer wins book deal thanks to XpoNorth New Year Tweet Pitch

In January 2017 Fife-based writer Esther Rutter decided to quit her day job to write and knit her way round the British Isles, combining locally-produced wool and historic knitting patterns to explore UK’s long love affair with wool.

After entering writer development agency’s XpoNorth’s Tweet Your Pitch competition on 6 January 2017 with her idea for This Golden Fleece, Esther attracted the attention of Edinburgh literary agent Jenny Brown. There was a flurry of interest in the book at the London Book Fair, and, after a two-way auction, world rights in the book were won by Bella Lacey, Editorial Director of Granta Books in April. This Golden Fleece is due to be published by Granta Books in Autumn 2019.

Esther Rutter commented: “Tweet Your Pitch is a fantastic initiative, enabling new non-fiction writers like me to grab the attention of publishers and agents with a dash of chutzpah and a good idea. Without this competition it would have taken me much longer to attract not only a well-respected and experienced agent, but also a fantastic publisher and the opportunity to be a Writer in Residence. Thank you XpoNorth for making my long-held dream of becoming a writer into a reality.”

Bella Lacey of Granta said: “I’ve been captivated by Esther Rutter’s absorbing history of wool and her intimate, inspiring mediation of the craft and history of knitting. She’s an instinctive storyteller, with a brilliant eye for detail, and brings startling new, and forgotten, histories to the surface. I’m thrilled to be welcoming her to the Granta list.”

Esther lives in Ceres and has just been awarded a Writer in Residence position at St Andrews University within the School of Geography and Sustainable Development.

The Book That Changed My Life (Luath, 2010)

bookchangedlifeIn 2010 the Scottish Book Trust invited writers from across Scotland to contribute to an anthology of non-fiction writing about books, published by Luath. Esther’s work was chosen to be published alongside writing by Alan Bissett, Janice  Galloway, A.L. Kennedy, Alexander McCall Smith and Michael Rosen. You can order a copy from Luath (£6.99)