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Peter Sutton gives talks that draw on his experience as language teacher, textbook writer, international civil servant, academic editor, multilingual translator, researcher, playwright and actor. He also gives readings from his own work, including Piers Plowman. See the Welcome page for a sound clip. 

He has given presentations on languages, translation and education at conferences and universities in Armenia, Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, the UK and the United States. He was a freelance translator and editor for over 20 years, and was formerly Head of Publications at the UNESCO Institute for Education.

He has recently spoken on Elgar, Langland and English language to groups including branches of the Elgar Society, the English-Speaking Union, Probus, Rotary, the Society of Authors, Soroptemists and U3A.



"Thank you so very much for your visit and presentation. It was so interesting and inspiring! Like some kind of fresh breeze for us blowing from Europe and the UK!"
Natalia Sumenko, President, Wellington Branch, New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters

“Peter made the stage come alive. The pupils were inspired by his presence, making a truly memorable awards evening.”
Caroline Skerten, Head of Keystage 3, Deer Park School, Cheltenham

“You gauged the audience perfectly, the content was both interesting and entertaining, and the timing spot on!”
Heather Greenhalgh, Co-ordinator, Pershore and District U3A Local History Group

"We have employed Peter on a number of occasions to talk to young people in schools about his work as a writer; and to support them in their own writing projects. He is always sensitive and thoughtful in the advice he gives, and in the way he draws out their ideas; and they respond well to his input. I would certainly work with Peter again."
David Allen, Artistic Director, Midland Actors Theatre

“a unique chance for the students of this department to meet a professional translator”
Professor Galina Komarova, Vice-Rector, Arkhangelsk State Technical University

“....vibrant, informative and thoroughly enjoyable, one of the best guests we have ever had...”
Linda Edkins-Blackett, Chair, Malvern Writers’ Circle

"Last year Peter Sutton spoke to our group on the process of writing biographical drama with particular reference to his play Elgar and Alice. The talk proved both informative and stimulating, and he dealt with the questions which followed with skill and authority."
Roger Jones, Convenor, Society of Authors Gloucestershire Group

"I want to place on record my high regard for your contribution to London's Adult Education Service over the past five or six years."
Brian Leighton, Senior Staff Inspector, Inner London Education Authority

Click below to hear Peter Sutton introduce his work as a visiting speaker.


Peter Sutton was 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).

Click for flier:  Langland Study Day

Click the image below for a 4-page PDF
containing lists of Peter Sutton's publications,
qualifications, memberships and full c.v.

Click for Peter Sutton's full c.v.

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