Authors, Poets, Presenters and Musicians
Edward Thomas Butler (Eddie Butler)
b May 8, 1957 in Newport, S Wales
Married to Susan.
Education: Monmouth School then Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University (Modern Languages - French and Spanish)
Rugby-playing career: Industrial Engineers of Madrid 1975-76, 3 x Cambridge blues '76-78, Pontypool RFC 1976-1990, Wales (16 caps, 6 as captain) 1980-84, British and Irish Lions 1983
Life after rugby: BBC Wales 1984-88, rugby correspondent of the Sunday Correspondent 1988-1990 (when it ceased to be), rugby correspondent of the Observer 1991-2015, a job that interwove with work at the BBC + other broadcasting companies, 1988 to present day. Commentator/reporter/presenter (Scrum V, 5 Olympic Games - covering, of all things, sailing, shooting and archery + Review of the Games x 4 + presenting History/Commemorative programmes (eg Industrial Wales, Towns of Wales, anniversaries of WW1 and D-Day), scripting (30 +) documentaries.
Author of 5 books:
Non-fiction: The Tangled Mane (Bloomsbury 2001), The Greatest Welsh XV (Gomer 2012)
Fiction: The Head of Gonzo Davies (Gomer 2014), Gonzo Davies, Caught in Possession (Gomer 2015), The Asparagus Thieves (Gomer 2017)
Awards: Wales Sports Journalist of the Year 2007, Bafta Cymru 2011 (writer) for The Lions of 1971, Royal Television Society winner 3 times (special features)
I live ankle-deep in the deepest red clay of north Monmouthshire, on the edge of the Black Mountains - in the middle of nowhere but not far from everywhere.