Esther Rutter
Esther Rutter is a Scottish non-fiction writer based in Fife. She read English at Oxford University’s Magdalen College and also works as a freelance Project Manager for UNESCO, developing cultural engagement projects in collaboration with Edinburgh’s City of Literature Trust. From 2017-2020 she is Writer in Residence at the University of St. Andrews, within the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. Esther’s brilliant work has earned her both awards and creative grants and, signed by Granta Books, her first book This Golden Fleece is due for publication in 2019. Knitter, natterer, singer, and hill-walker, Esther is a vibrant and key member of Scotland’s literary scene.



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This Golden Fleece
Granta Books, 2019

Initially, an entry into XpoNorth’s Tweet Your Pitch competition on 6 January 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, and is due to be published in Autumn 2019.

Praise for Esther

“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.” Bella Lacey of Granta Books