Ross Sutherland began performing poetry aged seventeen, as support for punk-poet John Cooper Clarke. In 2000 he became one of the founding members of the live poetry collective, Aisle16.
Ross Sutherland Biography
Ross is the winner of several slams including the Apples & Snakes North Vs South slam, the Second’s Out Slam and the Farrago UK Vs Canada Slam. He has also competed in slams in Germany and Switzerland. Ross also runs poetry workshops in schools, prisons and community centres across the North West
Along with Luke Wright , Ross Sutherland is one of the founder members of performance poetry collective, Aisle16. Since 2003 he has co-written six live literature productions, including Poetry Boyband (Time Out Critic’s Choice of 2005) and Services to Poetry, Aisle 16’s video-travelogue of Britain’s motorway service stations. This year he was included in The Times’s list of Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008.
His debut poetry collection, Things To Do Before You Leave Town, is due out in January 2009. A self-confessed video game geek, he has recently completed a thesis on computer-generated poetry and writes univocalisms – poems written using only one vowel.He also works as a director and a journalist. Sublimely twisted – The Scotsman. Strömschnellen – Basel Zeitgung.
From humble beginnings as a Hip-Hop DJ, Mister Gee honed his spoken word skills as the host of the renowned performance poetry club Brix-tongue and is now one of the stars of the UK poetry scene. He has performed at the New York Nuyorican Poets Café and the Black Lily night in Philadelphia (home to Jill Scott and the Roots), as well as at the Edinburgh Festival. He runs workshops in schools and his album Poetry in the Key of Gee was released to critical acclaim.
Mister Gee is a co-winner of a Sony Gold Award for Radio as the resident poet on the Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 2, and is the resident poet of the hit West-End musical Into The Hoods.