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Ross Sutherland tries to train a neural net to do stand-up comedy.

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February 12th, 2019


55 The Other Ross Sutherland

December 26th, 2018


Ross Sutherland shares the same name as a Scottish Rugby team. If he searches for his name on Twitter, he tends to find a bunch of teenagers talking about murdering him at the weekend.
Taken from a live show in …

54 One More Song

December 12th, 2018


Two people putting their faith in music:

Part One: Ross resurrects an old writing exercise to find his way out of writer's block, assisted by Magic …

53 Make It Real

October 29th, 2018


Ross explores the craft of storytelling in the British professional wrestling scene.

(Originally broadcast on Radio 4. Produced by Eleanor McDowell for Falling Tree productions)

52 The Man Who Saw Tomorrow [4TH BIRTHDAY EPISODE]

September 27th, 2018


Ross finds something in an old box of cassette tapes, and sets out to finish a story he started a long long time ago.

Imaginary Advice needs your …

51 After This

August 22nd, 2018


Ross presents two stories on the afterlife:

1/ Hollywood Forever. Ross investigates the resting place of forgotten actors at London’s Cinema Museum …

50 Four or Five Weddings and One or Two Funerals

July 21st, 2018


49 Re: The Moon

June 15th, 2018


Ross tries to get people to look at the moon. Part one: an essay on the the moon's special place in poetry. Part two: a school tries to stop its …

23 Nice My Selector (repeat)

June 4th, 2018


(Repeat)A love story on the dancefloor. Remixed for 2018!

6 "Episode One" (repeat)

May 31st, 2018


(Repeat) A man who spends his entire life trying to make a single podcast episode about the Baldwin brothers.

17 Six House Parties (repeat)

May 28th, 2018


(Repeat episode) A rivalry, told across six fancy dress parties.

48 Naked People Have More Explaining To Do

May 14th, 2018


Ross presents four love poems. Poems are "Here", "Nude", "Things To Do Before You Finally Leave Town" and "The End of our Marriage".

Also includes a special intermission on sport.

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47 Me Versus The Spar (Parts 1 to 7)

April 3rd, 2018


Ross Sutherland tries to expunge a bad memory by rewriting it over and over.

46 Incantations

February 26th, 2018


Ross Sutherland explores the relationship between cinema, poetry and magic.

44 Now You See It (LIVE SHOW w/ Chris Hicks and Joe Dunthorne)

December 7th, 2017


A special live edition of the podcast, recorded at Battersea Art Centre on 7th November 2017. Ross Sutherland talks about real versus imaginary versions of DJ Steve Lamacq. Born with no sense of smell, Chris Hicks talks …

43 Exorcist Martin Cole

October 31st, 2017


Ross presents a special ghost story for Halloween: a young priest discovers the true relationship between Art and the Devil.

NB. This story is a …

Imaginary Advice: Live in London (Tues 7th Nov '17)

October 11th, 2017


42 Missing Episode Commentary Track [3RD BIRTHDAY EP]

October 11th, 2017


41 In Which I Confess to Many Murders

August 28th, 2017


In place of a regular episode, Ross presents five new poems. Discover the rich history of blue rectangles, take an octopus onto the streets of …

40 The Sutherland Dunthorne Luck Index (featuring Joe Dunthorne)

August 3rd, 2017


39 I Heart 1984

July 12th, 2017


Ross exploits feelings of nostalgia with a poorly remembered celebration of the year 1984. Afterwards, he reads a depressing children's story about a boy who can look 180 degrees behind him.

38 Scooby Doo & The Black Sea of Infinity (w/ Tim Clare)

June 5th, 2017


37 Dear Chris

May 10th, 2017


After 36 episodes, the podcast finally gets around to offering some advice. Featuring guest writer Chris Hicks (McSweeneys)

36 Science For Wankers

April 10th, 2017


Ross Sutherland explores the relationship between science and storytelling. Contains the poem 'Experiment To Determine the Existence of Love' and a new TV show pitch for Dr Brian Cox.

I really want Imaginary Advice to …

35 Violence Makes Any Story Real

March 7th, 2017


Ross Sutherland tells the story of the time he accidentally became a storyline in a UK wrestling promotion.

Originally broadcast on Radio 4's Short Cuts for Falling Tree productions.

34 Exorcist Dave Stewart (Pt 2)

February 2nd, 2017


An exorcist faces the toughest case of his career in a new story by Ross Sutherland (part 2 of 2)

33 Exorcist Dave Stewart (Pt 1)

January 9th, 2017


32 Jerusalem + 7

December 26th, 2016


31 You Can't Go Home Again [2ND BIRTHDAY EPISODE]

November 22nd, 2016


For a special second birthday episode, Ross Sutherland records a correspondence with poet Aaron Kent. Having stopped writing poetry in recent years, Ross tries to use the space to revisit his love of verse. Ross tries …

30 One Track Minds

November 3rd, 2016


29 Casino Exit

September 17th, 2016


28 If Hitler

July 30th, 2016


27 The Artist As A Viable Alternative To Death

June 23rd, 2016


A short extract from Ross McCleary's new book, available to order from Maudlin House in July. Use the code ARTIST20 for a 20% discount on the book.

To …

26 Duck Family in Abandoned Fairground

May 21st, 2016


25 Hug Freddy

April 19th, 2016


24 Repeat After Me

March 15th, 2016


23 Nice My Selector

February 8th, 2016


22 "You Just Won The Game"

January 10th, 2016


21 "Gooey Soporific Blurg" [FIRST BIRTHDAY EPISODE]

November 30th, 2015


Celebrating the first birthday of Imaginary Advice, Ross Sutherland leaves the comfort of his wardrobe and takes a walk into Peterborough, in the hope that an episode will just "happen" along the way. Also featuring the …

20 The Questions John Humphrys Cannot Ask

November 6th, 2015


Ross Sutherland remixes an episode of Radio 4's 'The Today Programme' into poetry. Also: the least inspired DJ set of all time.


October 8th, 2015


Ross Sutherland spends National Poetry Day mashing keyboards with a class of seven-year olds

18 Infinite Non-Linear Break-Up Speech

September 16th, 2015


17 Six House Parties

August 18th, 2015


Ross Sutherland takes you through six house parties. To support the podcast, go to

16 In the Beginning

July 28th, 2015


(Story starts at 7min mark)
A love story told through the eyes of an astronomer. What use is Carl Sagan to a man about to lose his family forever? …

15 The Underground Kingdom

July 7th, 2015


Ross Sutherland visits the secret tunnels that run under Disneyworld.

14 My Belated Review of "The Matrix: Reloaded"

June 15th, 2015


Once upon a time, Ross Sutherland was sent to review the second Matrix film for a UK magazine. That night turned out to be the most embarrassing night of his life. Consequently, the review was never written. Now, twelve …

13 The Black Album By Jay-Z (remixed as a short story)

May 30th, 2015


Ross Sutherland remixes Jay-Z acapellas into a brand new short story. Lost inside the Tate Modern, a nine year old boy uses The Black Album as an …

12 The Night Before The Battle Of The Bands

April 15th, 2015


Ross Sutherland presents a story about a whole lot of bodies in a very small town. Originally written to accompany the new Summer Camp album, "Bad …

11 Answer In The Form Of A Question

March 30th, 2015


Ross Sutherland tells the story of watching an IBM supercomputer compete on Jeopardy.

10 Fake Penis Memory Implants

March 9th, 2015


Ross Sutherland presents two pieces of science-fiction: poem "The Circus" and short-story "The Hand".

9 Are You A Member Of Wash Club?

February 18th, 2015


Ross Sutherland tells the story of how he invented a secret society by accident.

8 Welcome to the Big House

February 9th, 2015


Ross Sutherland tells a true story about teaching poetry in prison. Also: a children's poem about shoes.

7 All Outcomes Are Positive, Even If Not Desired (Found Text Special)

January 24th, 2015


Ross Sutherland presents a series of "found" poems. Contains text stolen from IMDB, the obituary pages, an old journal and Johnny Cash's audiobook of …

6 "Episode One"

January 14th, 2015


Ross Sutherland presents a monologue about a man trying to record a podcast. The Baldwin brothers feature heavily.

5 Twas The Nightmare Before CROM

December 22nd, 2014


Ross Sutherland uses a dictionary to rewrite "Twas The Night Before Christmas"

4 Bart Simpson Carnival Balloon

December 12th, 2014


Ross Sutherland postpones christmas cheer to talk about two near-death experiences.

3 A Doctor With A Gun Heals Parts Other Doctors Cannot Reach

November 28th, 2014


Ross Sutherland shares some reviews of made-up art, disseminated during the Liverpool Biennial. Also: a monologue by a haunted abstract painting.

2 Wee City Of Porcelain, Poll-Tax, Kestrels, And Billy Bragg Cassettes

November 13th, 2014


Host Ross Sutherland attempts to uncover the true story behind the film Braveheart.

1 Crying At The Back Of An Ed Byrne Show

October 26th, 2014


Host Ross Sutherland tells the story of the worst job he was ever offered.

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