An evening in memory of the late Stephen Campbell Sutherland (23.08.1967 - 08.10.2016). Born into the American political establishment in Vero Beach, Florida, Stephen managed to thwart all plans his family might have had for him to follow suit by becoming in his own words “a European drug-addict”.
Choosing to school in England from the age of 15 he followed on by reading theology and philosophy at Oxford and making London the base of his short life. A base from which he explored the world cultivating friendships all over Europe and the rest of the world with long stays in Napoleon’s former place of exile St. Helena and Gambia, where he managed to acquire two wives. An even longer stint took him to Chiang Mai University in Thailand where he taught English literature for 1 ½ yrs. Back in London he not only shone in small acting parts in Downton Abbey, Quantum Love, The Crown, and many others.
He dedicated himself to the serious pleasures of les paradis artificiels and the creation of poetry. He leaves behind a large body of work (some of it collected in the Best American Poetry in 2010), which will be read on this evening of remembrance. Forever faithful to the vices that were to kill him, Stephen sadly passed away in October 2016.