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It’s literature festival time. Here’s a selection of events featuring Route and our authors, featuring Michael Nath, Steve Hanley & Olivia Piekarski, Ian Clayton, Mark Gwynne Jones, a special commemoration of Allen Ginsberg, plus two world class festivals celebrating music that we’ll be part of. Click here for details.


EVENTS: Still Howling
TO CELEBRATE the 60th anniversary of the first reading of Allen Ginsberg’s epic Beat poem ‘Howl’ at the Six Gallery in San Francisco, an event is planned for Manchester on 10 October 2015. Ten years on from the ‘Howl for Now’ celebration held in Leeds (and the book of the same name), a stimulating group of talks and performances is lined up for what promises to be another stellar celebration. Click here for details.

EVENTS: Ilkley Literature Festival
We’ve three events on at this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival.
Michael Nath (with Nick Groom) talks British Story and Britishness Saturday 3 October, 4:30pm: Tickets
Steve Hanley & Olivia Piekarski talk The Big Midweek with Dave Haslam, Saturday 3 October, 8pm: Tickets
Ian Clayton talks Song For My Father, Saturday 10 October, 1:30pm: Tickets
For full festival details visit

GALLERY: Ian Clayton in China, 2015
Ian Clayton has been out to China to work at the University of Changchun for two months. As well as the work, he also got a bit of time to travel around. Here are a few photos.

FEATURE: Hungarian Praise
A feature in the Hungarian music magazine, Recorder, lists ‘Ten books to make you fall in love with music again’. Bringing It All Back Home is in good company.

WATCH: Tom Hingley ‘Prodigal Son’
Tom Hingley sings ‘Prodigal Son’ at La Rosa Hotel, Whitby. Where Lewis Carroll stayed for his holidays.

ARTICLE: Train Journeys of Colombia
An extract from an article on Train Journeys of Colombia in Le Monde Diplomatique by Robin Oisín Llewellyn, which details Ramon Chao’s book The Train of Ice and Fire.

WATCH: Talk Like That – Tom Hingley on NVTV
Tom Hingley chats with Connor McKernan of Belfast’s NVTV about his memoir Carpet Burns, his career to date and performs two tracks, ‘Glory Days’ and ‘Prodigal Son’.

GIGS: Brix and The Extricated
Autumn tour dates for Brix and The Extricated

REVIEW: Tom Hingley at Belfast Book Festival
Review of Tom Hingley’s interview and gig at Belfast Book Festival 2015

LISTEN: Ian Clayton at Glossop Record Club
A podcast of Ian Clayton’s presentation of Billie Holiday’s album, Songs for Distingué Lovers, plus some rare 78s at Glossop Record Club. Read an account of the trip here.

LISTEN: WFMU Radio Fall Specials
Six hours of The Fall in US radio show extravaganza. Features chats with Steve Hanley, Marc Riley & Brix, plus choice live recordings of The Fall from 1978-1998, plus a set from a specially assembled Fall cover band.

PODCAST: Steve Hanley Interview
Podcast of Simon Burgess interview with Steve Hanley on The Big Midweek, plus Steve’s later years with The Fall.

NEW BOOK: Wisdom of Our Own
The remarkable story a group of working-class women who, empowered by the Women Against Pit Closures movement, built an award-winning community learning centre on their own doorstep.

WATCH: KIng of the Welsh
Michael Nath reads from British Story at a Small Press Symposium, Westminster.

WATCH: Arthur Scargill with Ian Clayton
Ian Clayton’s Arthur Scargill film, made on the occasion of Arthur’s 70th birthday.

ARTICLE: Writers and Their Lungs
With reference to Sterne, Kafka, Proust and Katherine Mansfield, Michael Nath looks at the connection between lung complaints and an author’s style and form.

REVIEW: The Big Midweek in the New Statesman
Totally mired: The Big Midweek reveals the dark side of The Fall. Review by Austin Collings.

WATCH: Arthur Scargill with Ian Clayton
Ian Clayton’s Arthur Scargill film, made on the occasion of Arthur’s 70th birthday.

WATCH: Michael Nath at Bad Language
Michael Nath in action on his British Story British Tour event at Bad Language, Manchester.

EXTRACT: Churchill’s Funeral
Ian Clayton remembers Winston Churchill’s Funeral. An extract from Song For My Father.

LISTEN: Ian Clayton on One on One Radio Show
Ian Clayton playing a few songs and talking with Martin Kelner at BBC Radio Leeds on his One On One radio show, Leeds’ answer to Desert Island Discs.

REVIEW: British Story a Morning Star Book of the Year
‘An audacious, encyclopaedic tour of the often violent and always edgy relationship between the English, Welsh and Scottish nations.’

WATCH:Brix and The Extricated
Video, set list, context and review links for Brix and The Extricated debut gig at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester.

FEATURE: Backbone of The Strike
In an article written for programme of the Crucible Theatre production of Queen Coal, Dave Waddington outlines how the efforts of women in the 1984/85 miners’ strike were arguably more vital than those of their menfolk

WATCH: British Story Tour: Lincoln Video
Michael Nath reads from British Story on tour in Lincoln

REVIEW: Los Angeles Review of Books
Simon Lee’s considered and lengthy review of The Big Midweek for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

WATCH: Song For My Father Book Launch
Video taken at the launch of Song For My Father.

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