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


Standby For Tape Back-Up: National Tour 2015

I’m proud to announce that I’ll be on-tour with my VHS/storytelling show, STANDBY FOR TAPE BACK-UP from February through to June 2015. Here’s all the dates confirmed so far (with some more London dates still to be announced).



Tuesday February 24;  Bedford Theatre, BEDFORD Book Tickets Online

Tuesday March 10; Northern Stage, NEWCASTLE Book Tickets Online

Wednesday March 11; Northern Stage, NEWCASTLE Book Tickets Online

Saturday March 14; The Lowry, SALFORD QUAYS Book Tickets Online

Friday March 20; The Marlowe Theatre, CANTERBURY Book Tickets Online

Monday March 23; The Bike Shed Theatre, EXETER Book Tickets Online

Wednesday March 25 The MAC, BIRMINGHAM Book Tickets Online

Thursday March 26; New Wolsey Studio, IPSWICH Book Tickets Online

Thursday April 2; South Street Arts, READING –  Book Tickets Online

Friday April 3; The Cube, BRISTOL –   Book Tickets Online

Saturday April 4; The Old Market, BRIGHTON –  Book Tickets Online

Thursday April 9; Oxford Playhouse, OXFORD –  Book Tickets Online

Friday April 10; Oxford Playhouse, OXFORD –  Book Tickets Online

Tuesday April 28; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON – Book Tickets Online 

Wednesday April 29; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON - Book Tickets Online 

Thursday April 30; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON - Book Tickets Online 

Friday May 1; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON - Book Tickets Online 

Saturday May 2; Shoreditch Town Hall, LONDON - Book Tickets Online 


“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.

My new podcast: IMAGINARY ADVICE

I now have a podcast! Mostly this is an opportunity for me to collect together the various things I do under a single platform, so I’ll be uploading a mixture of poetry, stories and essays. Some will be old, some new. I’m planning to post a new episode every two weeks.

Episode three went up today! It features a couple of fake art reviews I wrote for the Liverpool Biennial, plus a monologue about a haunted abstract painting.

You can listen through iTunes or through my tumblr. It’s still early days, but hopefully I’ll get a hang of it as I go. For sound quality reasons, I have to record it whilst sitting in the bottom of a wardrobe, which is not without its shortcomings. I have rediscovered some old jackets though.