The programme for the inaugural Pontefract Festival of Stories which takes as its theme Ian Clayton’s modern classic Bringing It All Back Home, to mark the tenth anniversary of the book. A series of events over ten days reflect the content and spirit of Ian’s book, incorporating music, film and good conversation. Ian Clayton will be hosting guests throughout the week. All events will take place in the intimate theatre setting behind the curtain at the Tap & Barrel, Pontefract. See the programme here.
INTERVIEW: Ian Clayton | Bringing It All Back Home
As Ian Clayton’s Bringing It All Back Home approaches its tenth anniversary and we prepare to mark the occasion at the Pontefract Festival of Stories, here is an interview Ian conducted about the book in 2006 prior to publication.
NEWS: Red Shed Book | Stories Wanted
Route is working with Wakefield Labour Club to create a book to mark the 50th anniversary of The Red Shed, and we’re looking for stories from as many people as possible.
AUDIO: The Screen On The Green
29th August 1976 was the day Punk in the UK exploded. Buzzcocks, Clash and Sex Pistols share a bill for the first time. All the audio here.
VIDEO: The Big Midweek | Stewart Lee Session
Stewart Lee hosts a conversation about the book The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall with Steve Hanley, Olivia Piekarski, Brix Smith Start and Simon Rogers.
FEATURE: Smith’s Enemies
A feature by Øyvind Holen on books about The Fall from D2, the weekly lifestyle magazine supplement for Norway’s largest business newspaper, Dagens Næringsliv.
VIDEO: Simon Wolstencroft | Turning Down The Smiths
Simon Wolstencroft tells the story of how he came to turn down the offer of playing in The Smiths, after drumming on their first recording.
VIDEO: Tony Garnett | The Day the Music Died
Tony Garnett speaks about his memoir The Day the Music Died at Unity Works, Wakefield.
PODCAST: Clinton Heylin | The Middles Show
Mick Middles talks with Clinton Heylin about Anarchy in the Year Zero, with music from Sex Pistols recorded live in 1976, plus The Clash, The Stooges and PiL. Recorded 3rd June 2016.
VIDEO: Cannes Press Conference for I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Rebecca O’Brien, Dave Johns and Hayley Squires face the media at Cannes Film Festival, May 2016
INTERVIEW: Clinton Heylin: Anarchy in the Year Zero
When Clinton Heylin called in to Route HQ to sign the Collector’s Edition of Anarchy in the Year Zero, he took time out to answer some questions about the book..
ARTICLE: My Express Column | Ian Clayton
After over 5 years of writing a weekly column for his local paper, Ian Clayton gets a letter from an editor who he has never met before to tell him they can no longer pay him for his services.
VIDEO: The BBC and Miners’ Strikes
Writer and producer Tony Garnett presents the key-note speech at With Banners Held High, a day-long event remembering the 1984/85 miners’ strike, held at Unity Works, Wakefield, Saturday 5 March 2016.
VIDEO: In Conversation: Tom Hingley and Mike Joyce
Tom Hingley (ex Inspiral Carpets) and Mike Joyce (ex The Smiths) recorded in conversation in Manchester on the occasion of the book launch for Carpet Burns: Life With Inspiral Carpets.
VIDEO: Carpet Burns Paperback Launch
Tom Hingley performing at the launch of his book Carpet Burns: Life With Inspiral Carpets held at the Tap & Barrel in Pontefract. See Tom perform Inspirals classic ‘Bitches Brew’ and his new song ‘Beggar’s Hand’ at the launch. Tom was supported on the night by Glass Caves. Click here to watch Glass Caves perform ‘Swim’ on the night.
EXTRACT: Nice One Cyril
An extract from Ian Clayton’s book Right Up Your Street, released on 14 February on the feast of St Cyril in honour of this lesser known saint and champion of vernacular language. Click here for more.
PREVIEW: Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Class of ’76
Route is delighted to announce the acquisition of Clinton Heylin’s explosive new Punk chronicle: Anarchy in the Year Zero: Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Class of ’76, to be published on the 40th anniversary of one of the most significant gigs in British popular music history, when The Sex Pistols played the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester.
LIST: Our Music Books
Here’s our selection of first class books that take you closer to the music, critically acclaimed and independently published.
EXTRACT: A Sloe Christmas
An extract from Ian Clayton’s book Right Up Your Street: the great Boxing Day tradition of decanting homemade sloe gin and then supping it as a chaser with a pint of beer among friends.
NEW TITLE: Right Up Your Street
Ian Clayton’s new book Right Up Your Street is now with us. In keeping with the book, it will be released locally at first, and won’t be available in bookshops until February 2016. Until then, it is available from selected outlets only: including direct from Route. Click here for more.
NEWS: Across The Tracks
Route have teamed up with Louder Than Words to create a book of this year’s festival, the pre-eminent festival for music and literature. Across The Tracks will to capture all the activity that takes place, bringing together the stories, ideas and thoughts expressed across the weekend, from the main contributors and the audience alike. Click here for more.
GIGS: Brix and The Extricated
Autumn tour dates for Brix and The Extricated
PODCAST: The Last of Britain
Michael Nath and Nick Groom recorded in conversation at Ilkley Literature Festival 2015.In an event entitled The Last of Britain, Nick reads from his book The Seasons: A Celebration of the English Year and Michael reads from his novel British Story, before engaging in a conversation about Britishness, character and cultural heritage. Followed by questions from the audience. The running time is 50:03. Click here to listen.
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’.
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.
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.
REVIEW: The Big Midweek in the New Statesman
Totally mired: The Big Midweek reveals the dark side of The Fall. Review by Austin Collings.
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.