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Ivor Cutler (15 January 1923 – 3 March 2006) was a Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist. He became known for his regular performances on BBC radio, and in particular his numerous sessions recorded for John Peel's influential radio programme, and later for Andy Kershaw's programme. He appeared in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film in 1967 and on Neil Innes' television programmes. Cutler also wrote books for children and adults and was a teacher at A. S. Neill's Summerhill School and for 30 years in inner-city schools in London.

In live performances Cutler would often accompany himself on a harmonium. Phyllis King appears on several of his records, and for a number of years was a part of his concerts. She usually read small phrases but also read a few short stories. The two starred in a BBC radio series, King Cutler, in which they performed their material jointly and singly. Cutler was known to have had a long term relationship with King, but they never married or set up home together. Cutler also collaborated with pianist Neil Ardley and singer Robert Wyatt.

Cutler was an anti-intellectual and noted eccentric, dressing in a distinctive style including plus-fours and hats adorned with many badges, travelling mainly by bicycle and often communicating by means of sticky labels printed with "Cutlerisms", one of which, "never knowingly understood" came to be summary applied by supporters and detractors alike. Others included "Kindly disregard", reserved for official correspondence, and "to remove this label take it off", designed to confuse pedants.

Many of Cutler's poems and songs involve conversations delivered as a monologue and, in these, one party is often Cutler as a child, a part of his intended "bypassing the intellect". Cutler describes poverty and neglect from his parents with great stoicism. He focuses on acceptance and gratitude for the basic elements of life, nature and love, which allows him to make points about mother-love in particular. The humour develops from the child's curiosity and the playful or self-serving lies the parent tells him to get, for example, a chore done or simply to stop the incessant questions. Cutler recited his poems in a gentle Scottish burr, and this, combined with the absurdity of the subject matter, is a mix that earned him a faithful cult following. John Peel once remarked that Cutler was probably the only performer whose work had been featured on Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4. Cutler was a member of the Noise Abatement Society and the Voluntary Euthanasia Society. He retired from performing in 2004, and died on 3 March 2006. The reception room of his home contained a number of pieces of ivory cutlery, deliberately intended as a pun on his name.

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Total Books: 52
Scots Wa' Straw
2003 - Scots Wa' Straw (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781900072946
ISBN-10: 1900072947
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

Fresh Carpet
2003 - Fresh Carpet (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780902771680
ISBN-10: 090277168X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

A Nice Wee Present from Scotland
2003 - A Nice Wee Present From Scotland (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780902771734
ISBN-10: 0902771736
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

Private Habits
2003 - Private Habits (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780902771895
ISBN-10: 0902771892

A Flat Man
2003 - A Flat Man (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781900072175
ISBN-10: 1900072173

South American Bookworms
2003 - South American Bookworms (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781900072359
ISBN-10: 1900072351
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

Under the Spigot
2003 - Under the Spigot (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781900072663
ISBN-10: 1900072661
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

I Am
2000 - I Am (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781899235131
ISBN-10: 1899235132

El Desayuno De Tomas/ Meal One Libro De Lectura
1999 - El Desayuno De Tomas/ Meal One Libro De Lectura [Beginning Readers - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781560146292
ISBN-10: 156014629X

Glasgow Dreamer
1998 - Glasgow Dreamer (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413736000
ISBN-10: 0413736008
Genre: Arts & Photography

Life in a Scotch Sitting Room
1998 - Life in a Scotch Sitting Room (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413735805
ISBN-10: 041373580X

A Wet Handle
1997 - A Wet Handle (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781900072069
ISBN-10: 1900072068

Herbert Five Stories
1996 - Herbert Five Stories (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780744547788
ISBN-10: 0744547784

1992 - Doris (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688119393
ISBN-10: 0688119395
Genre: Children's Books

Grape Zoo
1992 - Grape Zoo (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780744523270
ISBN-10: 0744523273

1988 - Meal One [Picture Lions] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1986 - Gruts (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780413408105
ISBN-10: 0413408108
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

Herbert the Chicken
1984 - Herbert the Chicken [The Herbert Books] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780744500882
ISBN-10: 0744500885

Herbert the Elephant
1984 - Herbert the Elephant [The Herbert Books] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780744500899
ISBN-10: 0744500893

Fremsley (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780413155405
ISBN-10: 0413155404
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

Life in a Scotch Sitting Room Vol2
Life in a Scotch Sitting Room Vol2 (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780413554307
ISBN-10: 0413554309

Fly Sandwich and Other Menu
Fly Sandwich and Other Menu (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780413659408
ISBN-10: 0413659402