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


“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:

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