William Langland’s 14th–century poem Piers Plowman is a disturbing and humorous commentary on corruption and greed that remains apposite today. Peter Sutton’s translation of Piers Plowman into modern English alliterative verse has just been published by McFarland of North Carolina.
"Sutton is to be congratulated for producing a highly readable rendition of the poem that may intrigue new readers and will certainly entertain those of us familiar with the poem." Yearbook of Langland Studies
"I hope your book will receive a warm reception. It has something distinctive to offer and presents the poem in a very attractive and accessible way." Carl Schmidt, Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College Oxford & editor of the Middle English original
"Congratulations on this major achievement. The rest of us Langlandians are in your debt!" Lawrence Warner, Reader in Medieval English at King’s College London & Director of the International Piers Plowman Society
"Sutton’s translation succeeds as a readable, rhythmic representation of the original." Choice
See the Author page for details, including audio extracts.
A presentation by Peter Sutton about Langland was given in 2012 at Little Malvern Priory, Worcestershire, where Langland studied as a boy.
The Prebumptious Mr Punch:
PLAYSCRIPT NOW PUBLISHED
The Prebumptious Mr Punch was premiered at the Swan Theatre Studio, Worcester, by the Worcester Repertory Company in May 2013, directed by Chris Jaeger.
The playscript of The Prebumptious Mr Punch is now published and available from Worcester Rep. Send cheque for £9.49 (£7.99 + p&p) payable to Worcester Live, to Chris Jaeger,
This site includes extensive evidence of Peter
and experience, including many click-to-play audio recordings,
lists of publications, full c.v., translations, testimonials
In 2017, Peter Sutton is reading his poetry at events including Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ledbury Poetry Salons, Worcester Speakeasy, and meetings of Herefordshire Stanza.
ELGAR AND ALICE
In autumn 2016, Peter Sutton’s play Elgar and Alice received its third production, when Global Productions performed the play at venues in the east of England. The production was sponsored by the Elgar Society.
Peter Sutton gave readings in 2016 from his translation of Piers Plowman at Ledbury Poetry Festival, South Downs Poetry Festival, Stamford Verse Poetry Festival and Worcester Festival. The previous year he gave readings at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Michigan, the International Piers Plowman Society Conference in Seattle, Ilkley Literature Festival and – with renowned medieval musicians Alan Crumpler and David Hatcher – the Lion Ballroom, Leominster.
Peter Sutton was also one of five speakers discussing William Langland and medieval life, at a study day in the 650th anniversary year of Langland's poem: Piers Plowman. Click below for a full report (6-page PDF).