Here’s a very wonderful and clever chap – very funny too – with an extraordinarily inventive and literary imagination. When Sian and I were looking for a performer to complete the Saturday and Sunday evening line-ups in Vocal Invention 2016, Ross’s name was at the top of the list. I’ve stolen the following directly from his website as it describes his multifarious activities better than I ever could.
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. There’s more info on his website. Tickets from Norwich Arts Centre here for the Saturday performance (with Birds of Hell and The Neutrinos) and here for the Sunday performance at the Bicycle Shop (with George Szirtes, Stephen Watts and Esther Morgan).