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


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.

2014 Edinburgh Fringe: Standby For Tape Back-Up

I’ve been working on Standby For Tape Back-Up for about three years. Finally, the show is finished and has just begun it’s run at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe festival. We’re running until the 24th of August in the incredible Demonstration Room at Summerhall. If you’d like to come see it, tickets are available here.

The show is about a videotape that once belonged to my granddad. I use found-footage from the videotape to construct a series of stories from my life.

The videotape has a lot of sentimental significance to me- it’s my main way of maintaining a connection to him, posthumously. The tape has also helped me combat depression (I’ve come to use the tape as a form of meditation). I try to demonstrate this in the show: how repetition helps locate hidden meaning inside the video, transforming innocuous pieces of TV into buried pieces of my psyche.

Over the last year, I’ve been working with director Rob Watt, video artist Sam Meech and my producers Show+Tell, trying to pull the show together into something bigger than the sum of it’s parts. I’m also indebted to Forest Fringe for programming the work-in-progress as part of their programme last year, and to Arts Council England for supporting this last phase of development.

Update: some early reviews!

“Consuming, compelling, hypnotic” ★★★★★ The Stage Read review