Chris Routledge is a freelance writer, editor, academic and photographer based near Liverpool in the UK. He has taught English and American Literature in various teaching posts at the University of Liverpool, most recently on the Comparative American Studies programme (2009-2012). He is currently Academic Organiser of the Continuing Education programme in English Language and Literature at the University of Liverpool, which offers short courses in English in Liverpool and the North West. As a freelance writer and editor he has worked on many different kinds of non-fiction writing projects, from contracted writing for print and web, to copyediting, to blogs, books and a little bit of journalism. He is also a sometime copywriter, ghostwriter, and serial shed builder. In his spare time he is a regular podcaster at the Ormskirk Baron beer reviews blog.
Photography website: Mottershead and Hayes.
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Writing and Media
Commercial Writing. Since the late 1990s I have worked as a freelance writer and editor on many book projects, specialising in literary and historical topics, but also general copywriting, occasional literary journalism and other articles. I am currently freelancing with Thomas Riggs and other clients.
Books. I have written or edited five books of my own, including, most recently, Cains: The Story of Liverpool in a Pint and the self-published Fram: To the Ends of the Earth (2011) a short, illustrated book about the ship that took Roald Amundsen to the Antarctic in 1911. The book includes many colour and black and white photographs of the Fram, and is available from here. My work in progress is a book about the whaler and Arctic explorer William Scoresby Jr. The working title is Letters to Elizabeth. In 2016 I published an excerpt from the Scoresby book as The Voyage of the Whaleship Esk in 1816.
Media. I have made several appearances on radio and TV, including an interview for BBC Northwest Tonight about Moby Dick on the Mersey in May 2013. In December 2013 I appeared on the national BBC TV show The One Show, talking about Melville, Scoresby and whaling in Liverpool. I was also a contributor to Paul Farley’s “Herman Melville’s Sea Change” (first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on February 8, 2014); the programme can be heard here.
University of Liverpool
I have organised continuing education courses in English language and literature since 2003, offering a wide-ranging programme of short courses in English to part-time students in Liverpool and Northwest England.
In 2013 I organised Moby Dick on the Mersey, a marathon reading of Melville’s novel at the Merseyside Maritime Museum that developed into a Moby-Dick festival. The event involved around 100 volunteer readers and ran over three days (May 4th-6th) with an associated exhibit at the museum and activities for visitors. The Moby-Dick festival included a series of talks and lectures about the under-researched subject of whaling in Liverpool, and about Melville and his novel.
In 2017 I organised If Not Duffers, a marathon reading of Swallows and Amazons, which took place on September 3 on the shore of Coniston Water in the English Lake District, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Arthur Ransome’s death.
Between 2009 and 2012 I taught on the now defunct Comparative American Studies programme at the university, and before that taught English and American Literature part-time in the School of English.
“A fascinating and exhilarating story of a great Liverpool institution still brewing great beer. Cain’s was founded by immigrants in the 19th century and rescued by the sons of immigrants in the 21st. Beer lovers will delight in the book, which should give pause to those who doubt that immigrants make a contribution to British society.”
– Roger Protz, Editor, Good Beer Guide.
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