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William Sutton comes from Dunblane, Scotland. He has written for The Times and the Fortean Times, acted in the longest play in the world, and played cricket for Brazil. His first novel is a Victorian mystery of a gleaming metropolis mired in corruption.
He writes for international magazines about language, music and futurology. His plays have been produced on radio and in London fringe theatres. He has performed at events from the Edinburgh Festival to High Down Prison, often with a ukulele. He teaches Latin and plays accordion with chansonnier Philip Jeays.
William’s Full Life Story
William was born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1970. He played rock piano in his school band The Polemics, while Dallas Campbell Morrisseyed it up and Graham Chalkley played bass. After learning blues harmonica from his Latin teacher, Alwyn, he drove to California in a Volkswagen beetle.
William got a classics degree despite writing plays throughout university. He sang in pubs in Edinburgh, aiming to be simultaneously Tom Waits and Tom Stoppard, then moved to London to study clown with Philippe Gaulier, and won two radio play competitions for LBC Radio. He acted in The Warp, the longest play in the world, directed by Ken Campbell, then ran away to São Paulo to write the story of a gleaming metropolis mired in corruption and reeking of injustice.
Historical crime thriller Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square, published by Angry Robot’s ExhibitA imprint, unearths scandal, sabotage and stink as the mighty Metropolitan interweaves its way past Bazalgette’s state-of-the-art sewers beneath the cobbles of Victorian London. Allan Massie in The Scotsman called this first book in the Lawless series “extravagant and thoroughly enjoyable.”
William’s plays have been produced on radio and in London fringe theatres. He’s written for The Times and the Fortean Times, and played cricket for Brazil. He writes for international magazines about language, music and futurology. He delivers workshops in Creative Writing, Greeks, Romans and Victorians. He played guitar with chansonnier Philip Jeays, then bass, before finally being demoted to accordion.
Working with the ReAuthoring project and Portsmouth Writers’ Hub, William often wields a ukulele while performing. He has read on the radio from Sydney to Sidcup, and at live events from the Edinburgh Festival to Portsmouth’s Square Tower, from Canterbury Cathedral to the poop deck of Light Ship LV21, and from Eton College to High Down Prison. He has sung in Sao Paulo bars, Sydney radio, Puglian ice cream parlours, Edinburgh open mics and Canadian Comedy Festivals.
William currently lives by the sea in Southsea, Hampshire, with his wife, Caroline.