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Peter Sutton is

  • Author of Elgar and Alice, William Langland, The Prebumptious Mr Punch and other plays
  • Translator of Piers Plowman and of over 1000 documents from French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Lecturer and Speaker on Elgar, Langland, the English language, the art of translation, and more
  • Actor and Reader specialising in foreign languages and accents



Book cover: Piers Plowman: a modern verse translation by Peter Sutton

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."

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:

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, Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.

This site includes extensive evidence of Peter Sutton's knowledge and experience, including many click-to-play audio recordings, lists of publications, full c.v., translations, testimonials and transcripts. 


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In 2016, Peter Sutton is giving readings from his translation of Piers Plowman at venues including Ledbury Poetry Festival, the South Downs Poetry Festival and Stamford Arts Centre. Since publication, he has given readings at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Michigan, the International Piers Plowman Society Conference in Seattle, the Ilkley Literature Festival in Yorkshire, and Worcester Festival. He has also given a reading with renowned medieval musicians Alan Crumpler and David Hatcher at the Lion Ballroom, Leominster, Herefordshire.

Worcester Cathedral
Saturday 19th September 2015

Peter Sutton was one of five speakers discussing William Langland and medieval life, at this study day in the 650th anniversary year of Langland's poem: Piers Plowman. Click below for a full report (6-page PDF).

Click for flier:  Langland Study Day

Cover of playscript of The Prebumptious Mr Punch by Peter Sutton, published by Worcester Repertory Company

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