Esther Rutter is a writer, literary project manager and reviewer based in Scotland. A non-fiction author whose work has been published by Luath and widely online, she has also worked as a writer and commissioned advisor for OCR’s GCSE and A-level Consultative Forum, and produced exhibitions and supporting publications in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Glasgow. In 2016 she was identified as a developing cultural leader in Scotland, winning a place on engage’s prestigious Extend Leadership programme.
Esther has worked as a Project Manager for UNESCO, developing cultural engagement projects in collaboration with its international Cities of Literature, and set up literary development programmes at the Wordsworth Trust and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. 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 interviewed by Creative Scotland about her work: you can read the interview 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 Magdalen College, Oxford, where she held an academic scholarship and drank a lot of real ale, and once collaborated with Terry Gilliam to graffiti Edinburgh in neon. She grew up on a sheep farm and retains an affection for all things