Ross Sutherland was born in Edinburgh in 1979. He was included in The Times’s list of Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008. He has four collections of poetry: Things To Do Before You Leave Town (2009), Twelve Nudes (2010), Hyakuretsu Kyaku (2011), and Emergency Window (2012), all published by Penned In The Margins. Ross is also a member of the poetry collective Aisle16 with whom he runs Homework, an evening of literary miscellany in East London.

He has written several pieces for the stage, including The Three Stigmata of Pacman (2010 and the interactive theatre show, Comedian Dies In The Middle Of A Joke (2012). His new show, Standby For Tape Back-Up, will be on tour in late 2014/2015

He also has a documentary about whether computers will ever be able to write poetry. 'Every Rendition On A Broken Machine' can be watched at


I make a Downfall parody 6 years too late

Upcoming readings…

I’ve got a few poetry readings booked in this month, starting tonight at the Camden Forge. I’m planning to be reading all new material (I may regret saying that). Over this little mini-tour, I’m getting to return to a few of my favourite spots, but visiting a lot of nights for the first time as well. If I’m passing through your town, stop-off and say hi!

May 26 | London
Out-Spoken: Poetry & Jazz Special
The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, NW1 7NL
7pm doors.
w/ Natalie Williams & Kareem Parkins-Brown

May 27 | London
Rich Mix Cinema, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road,, E1 6LA
7:30 doors
w/ Amaal Said & G.R.E.Ed.S.

May 29 | Liverpool
Storm & Golden Sky
The Caledonia, Catherine Street
7pm doors
w/ Patricia Farrell

June 3 | Bournemouth
Freeway Poets
7pm -1:30am
The Winchester, 39 Poole Hill, The Triangle, BH2 5PW

June 5 | London
Stoke Newington Literary Festival:
“Collaborators: Poets & Sympathisers of the Morning Star”
Mascara Bar, Stamford Hill
8pm – 3am
w/ Sterling Roswell (Spaceman 3), Tim Wells, Adam Kammerling, Nigel Burch & the Flea-Pit Orchestra, Emily Harrison, Kayo Chingonyi, Daniel Cockrill, Sarah Fletcher and Emma Wright

June 19 | Edinburgh
Rally & Broad
Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, EH1 1JX
Details TBC

Standby For Tape Back-Up: Soho Theatre in July

My first London run of Standby is now pretty much sold out! But you can now get tickets for a second run in July at Soho Theatre.

I’ll be there from Monday 6th to Saturday 11th, 7pm.
Ticket link is here:


“Two years ago, I found a videotape in my loft. On it: one and a half films, one quiz show and two sit-coms. Somehow, it became the story of my life” (Ross Sutherland)

After a hard-drive crash and a near death experience, Ross Sutherland found himself house-bound with only one thing for company: an old videotape that once belonged to his granddad.

Over the months that followed, Ross memorised every second of the tape. Slowly, he learnt how to manipulate the images into telling the story of his life. The videotape allowed Ross to open a dialogue with his late grandfather, and eventually helped him confront the illness that had nearly ended his life.

The true story of one man’s journey into synchronicity and madness.


Reviews from 2014 Edinburgh Fringe:

“Simply note down the booking number, because this is a must see show… extraordinary” The Observer

“Consuming, compelling, hypnotic… One of the stand-out shows of the Fringe”★★★★★ The Stage

“Extraordinary”★★★★★ Fest Magazine

“Touching, funny, linguistically thrilling”★★★★★ Exeunt Magazine

“Achingly Beautiful”★★★★★ A Younger Theatre

“Beautifully crafted, strikingly original”★★★★ The Telegraph

“Dizzyingly clever”★★★★ The Independent

“Poignantly epheheral”★★★★ What’s On Stage

“Beautifully poetic”★★★★ Time Out

Directed by Rob Watt. Development was supported by the Roundhouse, Writers Centre Norwich, Southbank Centre, Metal Peterborough and Arts Council England.