Luke Sutherland

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Luke Sutherland (born 1971) is a Scottish[1][2] novelist and musician. A full-time member of two independent bands and an occasional member of Mogwai, active also as a music producer,[3] he has also published a number of written works.


Sutherland grew up in Orkney and the town of Blairgowrie in Perthshire. While he was at the University of Glasgow, he and others formed the Scottish post-rock band Long Fin Killie, who were active from 1993 until 1998. The band recorded three albums for the independent label Too Pure: Houdini (1995), Valentino (1996) and Amelia (1998).[4] He then formed Bows, the band releasing two albums. Since 2000, he has been an occasional and touring member of Mogwai, playing violin and more recently guitar.[5] He also sings on and has a writing credit for the track "Mexican Grand Prix".[6] He also sings with a band called Music A.M. with Stefan Schneider and Volker Bertelmann, releasing three albums: A Heart & Two Stars (2004), My City Glittered Like a Breaking Wave (2005) and Unwound From The Wood (2006). Sutherland has recently formed the band Rev Magnetic.

Sutherland's debut novel, Jelly Roll, was nominated for the Whitbread Prize in the first novel category in 1998. His novella Venus As A Boy (2004) talks extensively about Sutherland's own childhood in Orkney, where he and his sister were the sole Scots-African children.[7]


  • Jelly Roll, Anchor (1998)
  • Sweetmeat, Anchor (2002)
  • Venus as a Boy, Bloomsbury (2004)


  1. ^ Luke Sutherland, "Black Scottish novelist and pan-European indie-pop-star Luke Sutherland"
  2. ^ "A boy from the islands...", The Observer, 14 March 2004: "... my parents' nationality – they are both (lowland) Scottish... "; "... he regaled us with tales of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the continuing wars of independence. I identified with the Scottish cause, bristled with a measure of patriotic pride."
  3. ^ "Recorded by John Cummings and Luke Sutherland Mixed by Luke Sutherland". bandcamp. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ Andy Wood (2002). "Sutherland, Luke". In Alison Donnell (ed.). Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture. Routledge. p. 309. ISBN 978-1-134-70025-7.
  5. ^ "Luke Sutherland". The British Blacklist. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Mexican Grand Prix". Discogs. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  7. ^ Luca Prono (2005). "Luke Sutherland". Contemporary Writers. British Council. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008.

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