Route Offline

Route Offline (Route 20) is a festival of contemporary stories that brings together in printed form a series of distinguished collections which were initially published online.

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Book details

ISBN: 978-1901927368
Extent: 224
Editor/s: Ian Daley

Authors: Kathleen Jones, Crista Ermiya, Susan Everett, Zdravka Evtimova, Carla Gericke, James Lawless, Katherine Locke, Daithidh MacEochaidh, Jane Rusbridge, Juliet Trewellard, James K Walker, Joby Williams, Benjamin Mellor, Kate Massey, Ian Daley

Cover Price £10.99 Web £8.99

Inside you will find five original collections featuring:

Dog Days: An emotional collection of stories scorched with summer heat.
Brief Lives:
Life stories in short focus.
East of No East:
Stories from Bulgarian writers.
On the outside and the inside.
The Three and Half Day Parent:
The young father’s tale by James K Walker

Route Offline (Route 20) is a title in the Route Series of Contemporary Stories.


James K Walker - The Three and a Half Day Parent

James Walker answers questions about the background to his story collection The Three and a Half Day Parent, about parenting in general and about Brian Clough.

Susan Tranter - Brief Lives

Susan Tranter talks about the inspiration behind the collection Brief Lives and her work as reader-in-residence for the British Council’s Encompass Literature webite.

Zdravka Evtimova - East of No East

Ten Questions Eastwards - Daithidh MacEochaidh talks to Bulgarian writer Zdravka Evtimova about her writing, translation and political change.

Katherine Locke - Dog Days

Katherine Locke talks about her approach to making the story collection Dog Days, reading for the Bridport Prize and inspiring children to read for pleasure.


Reviews for the Route Series of Contemporary Stories


Kathleen Jones

Kathleen Jones is based in Cumbria. She has worked in journalism and broadcasting, lectured in Creative Writing and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Her published work includes poetry, short fiction and five biographies, most recently A Passionate Sisterhood - the story of the wives, sisters and daughters of the Lake poets - and a life of Catherine Cookson. Her story 'Living With the Dead' features in Route Offline.

Crista Ermiya

Crista Ermiya is of Filipino and Turkish-Cypriot parentage, grew up in London and now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her short fiction has appeared on and in the anthologies Parenthesis (Comma Press) and Tell Tales III. Her story 'Surf Scoter' features in Wonderwall and she edited the mini-collection Skin, which features in Route Offline.

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.

Zdravka Evtimova

Zdravka Evtimova was born in 1959 in Bulgaria. She has published four collections of short stories and three novels: Your Shadow was My Home, Lindy and Thursday. Her novel God of Traitors was published in June 2004 as an E-book by Buck Publications, Dallas, Texas, USA. Her short story collection Bitter Sky was published by Skrev Press in 2003.

Carla Gericke

Carla Gericke was born in South Africa, raised by diplomats, and has lived and travelled all over the world. She moved to America in 1995 after winning the green card lottery. Carla is currently living in new Hampshire and is the Program Manager of the NH Writers' Project. Her stories appear in Bonne Route and Route Offline.

James Lawless

James Lawless was born in Dublin and divides his time between Kildare and West Cork. His first novel Peeling Oranges was published in 2007. His book on modern poetry, Clearing The Tangled Wood: Poetry as a Way of Seeing the World, contains his own translations from Irish and Spanish. He writes book reviews for Laura Hird’s online New Review, for the Irish Times and The Stinging Fly magazine. His story 'Short Pants' features in Route Offline.

Katherine Locke

Katherine Locke was Reader in Residence for the BBCs Big Read and has worked with various community groups on literature development projects. She is currently employed as Reader in Residence for children in care in Dorset. The aim of the post is to promote reading for pleasure opportunities for children in foster care and the children's homes in the county. Katherine edited Dog Days, a mini collection which features in Route Offline.

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.

Jane Rusbridge

Jane Rusbridge has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester, where she teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Jane has had short stories and poems published in several anthologies, and won or been placed in national and international competitions. She lives on the coast in West Sussex. Her story 'The Devil's Music' features in Route Offline. Her novel of the same name is published by Bloomsbury.

Juliet Trewellard

Juliet Trewellard directs occasionally for touring theatre companies in Cornwall, but her main work is as a full time writer. Her children’s book ‘Butterfingers’ was published in 2007 by David Fickling Books, Random House, and has been translated into four languages. Her story 'The Roof' features in Route Offline.

James K Walker

James K Walker has written freelance and fiction for numerous publications. When James is not writing he likes to play football with the kids on his street, but refuses to go in goal. His stories appear in Naked City, Wonderwall and his mini-collection 'The Three and a Half Day Parent' features in Route Compendium.

Joby Williams

Joby Williams was born in London, and spent time in Spain as a child. After graduating from the University of Nottingham she travelled extensively in Latin America, working as both tour leader and travel writer. She returned to take a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology and is mid-way through her PhD research, which combines her interest in food and travel. She is a regular contributer to the Books Pages of the Sunday Times, and to numerous travel publications. Her story 'Missy' features in Route Offline.

Benjamin Mellor

Ben Mellor is an award-winning slam poet, writer, performer and educator. He performed his first solo show, Voices of Dissent, in 2008 and is touring the piece nationally by bicycle in Spring/Summer 2010. He won the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award 2008. Ben's story 'Boston Diptych' features in Route Offline.

Kate Massey

Katy Massey's memoir, Are we home yet?, is about growing up on the fringes of the sex industry in the 1980s and forms her academic thesis for her Phd in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She has published a poetry pamphlet, as well as journalism and commissioned fiction and poetry for a variety of clients incluing The Arts Council, Tyne & Wear Archive Service and the BBC. Her story 'Morphea' features in Route Offline

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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