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A miscellany of stories, presented by Ross Sutherland.

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    • 4.9 • 166 Ratings

A miscellany of stories, presented by Ross Sutherland.

    46 Incantations (repeat)

    46 Incantations (repeat)

    Ross explores the connections between poetry and spellcasting.
    Nb. This episode was originally broadcast in 2018.

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    • 22 min
    "Imaginary Advice" Will Return

    "Imaginary Advice" Will Return

    The final piece of music in this episode is "Bleaky Enchanting" by Jonnie Common from the Missing Episode soundtrack. For more of Jonnie's music go to:

    Thanks so much for listening to Imaginary Advice in 2022!

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    • 17 min
    97 The Signalman

    97 The Signalman

    In homage to the Charles Dickens ghost story, The Signalman, Ross Sutherland spends a night in one of the last working signal boxes in the UK.

    A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3

    Written by Ross Sutherland
    Produced by Jack Howson and Joby Waldman
    Sound Design by Chris Watson and Steve Bond
    Contributor: Dave Beckett

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    • 33 min
    96 Zeno's Library

    96 Zeno's Library

    Following the acquisitions director of an infinite library on their last day of work.

    Written by Nick Douglas (nickdouglas.me)
    Performed by Ross Sutherland
    Produced by Ross Sutherland
    Contains music by Jeremy Warmsley (jeremywarmsley.com)

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    • 26 min
    95 The True Crime of Your Frozen Death

    95 The True Crime of Your Frozen Death

    A homage to the Giallo film genre, set within the True Crime podcasting scene.

    Story by Ross Sutherland
    Translated by Cristina Marras (cristinamarras.com)
    Performed by Cristina Marras and Ross Sutherland
    Additional voice acting by Andrea de’Cesco, Gianfranco Bitti, Fausta Laddomada
    Original music by Jeremy Warmsley (jeremywarmsley.com)
    Produced by Ross Sutherland

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    For further listening on a similar theme, I recommend Cristina's story "Games We Play in the Dark":

    • 44 min
    94 Locked Room Mystery (Side B)

    94 Locked Room Mystery (Side B)

    Basically a dance-music remix of last month’s episode. "Locked Room Mystery Side B" is set in the same country manor as Side A, but 76 years later, during a shitty rave.

    Written and produced by Ross Sutherland
    Additional music by Jeremy Warmsley (jeremywarmsley.com)

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

JudetheAbsurd ,


This podcast is always entertaining and enriching — better, it is sometimes sublime.

groguy ,

Favorite pandemic discovery

Supremely well edited and produced, what stands out above all is the quality of story telling and the host’s endearing humanity in the face of inscrutable and baffling mystery. A truly lovely quest for meaning.

AvivaVancouver ,


I’m usually wary of fiction podcasts but this one consistently blows my mind.

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