Ideas Above Our Station

Ideas Above Our Station (Route 18) Fifteen writers have risen to the challenge to put the ideal story into their fellow traveller’s hand.

‘A diverting travelling companion’ – The Guardian

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ISBN: 1901927288
Extent: 212
Editor/s: Ian Daley

Authors: Guy Ware, Paula Rawsthorne, Michael Nath, Daithidh MacEochaidh, Tania Hershman, Sophie Hannah, Anthony Cropper, Charlie Cottrell, Alexis Clements, Adam Byfield, Penny Aldred, M Y Alam, Ian Daley

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Someone is waiting for a train, or it could be a bus or an aeroplane. They are alone. For company, in their coat pocket they are carrying a book of stories. They sit down and take out the book. It falls open on the first page. What would be the perfect read for them to find there?

Ideas Above Our Station (Route 18) is a title in Route Series of Contemporary Stories.

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Guy Ware - The Temptation of Pogo

Short story. A playful satire which follows the fortunes of Pogo, an imaginary friend who is manifested in the brain of his current client as a little fat boy in a sailor suit, an image that troubles him greatly. From Ideas Above Our Station. Read by the author.

  • The Temptation of Pogo (16:40)
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Reviews for the Route Series of Contemporary Stories


Guy Ware

Guy Ware is a recovering civil servant. He has published stories in anthologies and prize collections from Apis Books, Comma Press, Earlyworks, Leaf and online at His story 'The Temptation of Pogo' features in Ideas Above Our Station.

Paula Rawsthorne

Paula Rawsthorne’s tale ‘The Sermon On The Mount’ was a winner of the BBC Get Writing competition and was read by Bill Nighy on Radio 4. She has written a play for children’s theatre and performances for a Notts heritage festival. Her story 'In Attendance' was published in Ideas Above Our Station and 'The Accessory' in Bonne Route.

Michael Nath

Michael Nath was brought up in South Wales and Lincolnshire. He is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Westminster. His major teaching and research interests are in Creative Writing and Modernism, as well as in Shakespearean Drama. His first novel, La Rochelle, was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. La Rochelle is his first novel. His stories also feature in Wonderwall, Ideas Above our Station, Bonne Route and The Route Book at Bedtime.

Daithidh MacEochaidh

Daithidh MacEochaidh: novelist, poet, publisher, man of letters. His first novel Like a Dog To Its Vomit is published by Route, and his poetry collection ‘Don’t Let Death Move In’ features in Half a Pint of Tristram Shandy. Daithidh edited 'East of No East' a mini-collection of Bulgarian shorts which features in Route Offline.

Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman was born in London in 1970 and moved to Jerusalem, Israel, in 1994. Her short stories have won or been shortlisted for various prizes, been published in print and online and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her first short story collection, The White Road and Other Stories, is now available from Salt Modern Fiction. Her stories feature in Wonderwall and Ideas Above Our Station.

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers are published around the world in many languages. Sophie’s fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 TS Eliot Award. Her stories feature in Ideas Above Our Station and Bonne Route.

Anthony Cropper

Anthony Cropper is the author of the short story collection Nature's Magician and has published two novels, Jack and Sal and Weatherman. He has co-edited three collections of short stories, Next Stop Hope, Naked City and Wonderwall. In 2005 his play, I'll Tell You About Love, won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama.

Charlie Cottrell

Charlie Cottrell studied Classics at Nottingham University and Kings College London. She writes for History Today magazine, and its online sibling, She was a short-listed author in the 2005 Orange–Harpers & Queen short fiction prize. Her story 'The Dress' features in Ideas Above Our Station.

Alexis Clements

Alexis Clements has won a number of awards for her writing for the stage, including the Oglebay Institute’s 2006 National Playwriting Contest and the Source Theatre’s 2004 Washington Theatre Festival Literary Prize. Her story 'Aubrey' appears in Ideas Above Our Station and 'Persistence' in Bonne Route.

Adam Byfield

Adam is the Chair of Amnesty International in Leeds and a keen writer of non-fiction for various independent and underground publications. His collection of short stories Nine Stop Trip is available from His story 'Reading Into' features in Ideas Above Our Station.

Penny Aldred

Penny Aldred won first prize in the Northern Echo/Orange short story competition in 2004. Her stories have appeared in Aesthetica, on BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Reading and turned into live art in Urbis as part of Manchester Literature Festival. She lives in West Yorkshire. Her story 'Rich Tea and Custard Creams' features in Wonderwall and 'It's a Hard Rain' in Ideas Above Our Station.

M Y Alam

M Y Alam is the author of three novels, Annie Potts is Dead, Kilo and Red Laal. He has had several short stories published and is the editor of Made in Bradford and The Invisible Village. He is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Bradford.

Ian Daley

Ian Daley was born in Featherstone, West Yorkshire. Destined for a life working underground, he left school during the miners’ strike of 1984 and somehow became a book publisher. He is the founding editor of Route and lives and works in Pontefract.


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