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


Wash Club: The Film

Back in 1999, I tried to write an article about a secret society at my university. According to my friend Beaver, this secret society met in the campus laundrette and had endurance competitions inside the industrial inside tumble driers. Now that story is being turned into a short film! The film is adapted from the version of this story I told on Radio 4 a few years ago. I’m just finishing the screenplay now. If you’d like to support the film, you can do so through our crowdfunder page. There are lots of cool perks, including being an extra in the film, commissioning a poem from me, and various Wash Club laundrette paraphernalia.


WASH CLUB – CROWDFUNDER VIDEO from Simon Dymond on Vimeo.

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My Imaginary Advice podcast just celebrated its first birthday this month! Twenty-one episodes, all exploring new ways of telling stories. I’m really proud of the show. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever made. I’ve got a whole slate of new ideas for the next year, but in order to keep the podcast going, I really need your help.

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“No More Questions” Remixing John Humphrys Into Poetry

Yesterday I was on Radio 4. I had the final segment on a new episode of Short Cuts. Short Cuts is one of my favourite programmes on Radio 4.

In my piece yesterday, I turned an episode of the Today Programme into poetry. John Humphries ended up mangled into something from deep inside my subconscious. You can hear the whole episode here:

And if you want to hear just the poem on its own, here’s the full Humph-only version:


Plus heres a PDF of the poem text

Thanks to producer Eleanor McDowall for pulling this all together into something that sounds amazing! Really pleased with how this came out.

By the way, I’m still doing my Imaginary Advice podcast. We’re coming up to the first birthday episode, which I’ll be uploading in a couple of days. You can catch up on previous episodes on iTunes or you can look them up here: