Route Compendium

Route Compendium (Route 17) is a riot of contemporary stories that brings together in printed form a series of distinguished collections which were initially published online. Contains probably the funniest story Route has ever published.

‘The sharpest, on the button writing you’ll read all year. Route could soon start taking on a Samizdat level of importance as it quietly ushers in the beginnings of a much needed literary renaissance.’ – The Big Issue

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Book details

ISBN: 978-1901927269
Extent: 156 pages
Editor/s: Ian Daley

Authors: Joel Willans, Damien G Walter, Andrew Parker, Julie Mellor, Mandy MacFarlane, Yolande Knight, David Ince, Tajinder Singh Hayer, Philip Hancock, Alan Green, Susan Everett, Steve Dearden, Wes Brown, Ian Daley

Cover Price £8.99 Web £6.99

Route Compendium is a festival of contemporary stories that brings together five of the first wave of Route’s pioneering byteback books, four of which were initially published on and one which is exclusive to this publication.

Inside you will find five distinctive and original collections of contemporary fiction featuring: a showcase of bright young talent; the decorator’s tale; stories of love and the trouble it can bring; modern folk tales and a collection of misfits which includes the most audacious car chase short story that you will probably ever read.


The Trouble With Love – Four stories with love pains.
Old School Ties
– The decorator’s tale by Philip Hancock.
– Four stories with a lust for life.
– Life in 21st Century Britain by the flower of our youth.
Love of the Wild and Wayward
– Mandy MacFarlane’s fables and modern folk tales.

Route Compendium (Route 17) is a title in the Route Series of Contemporary Stories.


Phil Hancock - Old School Ties

Philip Hancock - poet, short story writer, painter (and decorator) – talks about some of the inspiration behind this work, the stories in Old School Ties, his career as a decorator and the development of his poetry from stage to page.

Bloom Writers

All six of the authors featured in the young writers collection Bloom talk about the inspiration for their story and answer a follow-up question. In addition, to get us started, we hear from editor Emily Penn on the inspiration behind the collection and what it represents.


Reviews for the Route Series of Contemporary Stories


Joel Willans

Since leaving the English county of Suffolk, Joel Willans has lived in London, Vancouver, Helsinki and an Andean village in the Peruvian department of Apurímac. Currently, he lives in the Finnish countryside, in a converted hospital sauna, with his wife and two children. A partner at the communications agency, Ink Tank, his prize-winning stories have been broadcast on BBC radio and published in dozens of magazines and anthologies worldwide.

Damien G Walter

Damien G Walter is a writer of weird and speculative fiction. In 2005 he was shortlisted for the Douglas Coupland short fiction contest, and more recently won a grant from Arts Council England to work on his first novel. He reviews for The Fix and blogs for Guardian Unlimited. His story 'Compartment' features in Route Compendium.

Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker lives in Liverpool and has had a handful of short stories published. His story ‘Wings of a Dove’ features in Naked City and 'The House of Ill Repute' in Route Compendium.

Julie Mellor

Julie Mellor is a graduate of Sheffield Hallam’s MA Writing course and has had work published in The Nerve (Virago) and London Magazine. Her poems have appeared in Mslexia and Brittle Star. She currently teaches English at a secondary school in Barnsley. Her story 'Lillia' features in Route Compendium and 'The Girl in the Mirror' in Tubthumping.

Mandy MacFarlane

Mandy MacFarlane is a short story writer from Dundee, for a long time based in Leeds before returning back north. She is published in several creative writing publications including Cutting Teeth and Dreamcatcher. Her story 'Breaking for the Border' features in Naked City and her mini-collection of stories The Love of the Wild and Wayward features in Route Compendium.

Yolande Knight

Yolande Knight lives in the South-West, spending the majority of her time either sleeping or staring at the sea. Her story 'Bending Spoons' features in Route Compendium and ‘Golden Galloping Horses, Safe and Easy’ in Tubthumping.

David Ince

David Ince is a graphic designer and photographer. In September 2005 he graduated from the Kent Institute of Art & Design with a Master's degree in photography. Recently, his interest in literature has overtaken his interest in the visual arts. David is currently working on a number of novel length projects. His story '6 Litre V8' features in Route Compendium.

Tajinder Singh Hayer

Tajinder Singh Hayer is from Bradford. He has had poems and short stories published in magazines, several short plays put on at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and has had a short radio drama produced by the BBC. Most recently he has been a writer-in-residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. He has completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds and also teaches Creative Writing at the University of Bradford. His story 'Percentages' appears in Naked City and 'On the Outside' features in Route Compendium.

Philip Hancock

Philip Hancock works as a decorator, mainly in London, though he originates from Newchapel, Stoke-on-Trent. He has articles and short stories in previous Route anthologies, including ‘A Damn Good Finish’, which appeared in Next Stop Hope and ‘Mr Sam the Spaceman’ which appeared in Wonderwall. His poems have appeared in: Orbis; The Rialto; Other Poetry; Smoke; South and Smiths Knoll.

Alan Green

Alan Green is a writer and blues harmonica player from Knottingley, West Yorkshire. A veteran of many a short term contract, he knows his way around the warehouse estate. A passionate researcher of local history, he is acknowledged as an authority on Knottingley’s Wild West hero, Ben Thompson. A book on Thompson is an ongoing, long-term project. Three of his stories appear Warehouse. and his story 'Devon' features in Route Compendium.

Susan Everett

Susan Everett is a writer, filmmaker and tutor. She is a previous winner of the Carl Foreman Award for Screenwriting and she won the Lynda La Plante "Humour" short story prize. Crazy Horse, her first novel, is published by Route.

Steve Dearden

Steve Dearden’s short stories have been published by magazines in the UK, Australia and Finland. He works extensively to support new writing in his role as a consultant and as a director of The Writing Squad. Steve edited the Light Transports short story collections and his stories appear in Naked City and Route Compendium.

Wes Brown

Wes Brown is a writer and editor from Leeds. His poetry and prose has appeared online and in print in numerous magazines and journals. He is the Managing Editor of Cadaverine Magazine ( His story 'Numinous' features in Route Compendium.

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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