About

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Chris Routledge is a writer and photographer based in Northwest England. His writing work includes books and articles for print and web, freelance copyediting, professional blogging, and some literary journalism. He is also a sometime copywriter, ghostwriter, and serial shed builder. His photography has featured in books and magazines, and has been exhibited at galleries including the Heaton Cooper Studio Archive Gallery in Grasmere, Cumbria, and the Portico Library in Manchester. His work is available from dot-art gallery in Liverpool, and from chrisroutledge.pictures. His work with poet Rebecca Goss on the pamphlet Carousel (Guillemot, 2018) won the Michael Marks Award for Illustration in 2019. He holds a PhD in English and American Literature, and held various academic and administrative posts at the University of Liverpool from 2000-2020.

Photography website: chrisroutledge.pictures.

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Books. I have written or edited five books of my own, including Cains: The Story of Liverpool in a Pint (2009) 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.

Photography. In the decade since 2010 photography has become an increasingly important part of my life, both commercially and as a means of expression. My photographs have appeared in books and magazines, and I have also photographed events. I have a special interest in cyanotype printing and toning.

My work was first exhibited in 2015 at the Portico Library in Manchester. In 2018 I collaborated with poet Rebecca Goss on a pamphlet Carousel from Guillemot Press, for which my work won the 2019 Michael Marks Award for Illustration. My photography series Indeterminate Land, documenting the aftermath of flooding in the English Lake District was exhibited at the Heaton Cooper Studio Archive Gallery, Grasmere, in October 2019, and a limited edition hardback book of the series is available from my photography website here. In 2020-2021 I am working with Rydal Mount, the Lake District home in later life of William Wordsworth, providing commercial images, and documenting their activities over the course of a year.

My work is available to buy from dot-art gallery in Liverpool, and from chrisroutledge.pictures.

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 and copyediting, occasional literary journalism and other articles.

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 UK 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. I was a consultant on the BBC’s A House Through Time (Series 1; Liverpool) which aired in 2018.

Events. In 2013 I organised Moby Dick on the Mersey, the first live marathon reading of Melville’s novel in the UK, at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. It became a three day  (May 4th-6th) Moby-Dick festival involving around 100 volunteer readers with an associated exhibit at the museum and activities for visitors, and a series of talks and lectures and other activities relating to whaling in Liverpool, and about Melville and his novel. In 2017, with Eileen Jones 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. We have subsequently organised readings of Pigeon Post (in 2019), and Picts and Martyrs, a lockdown reading, published online during the “Covid Summer” of 2020.

University of Liverpool. I worked at the University of Liverpool between 2000 and 2020, and held various academic and administrative posts. Most notably I was Academic Organiser for English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing, managing tutors teaching short adult education courses in English for students in Liverpool and the Northwest.

Books

Indeterminate Land (Long Lane Press, 2019). Read More.

IndeterminateLand Cover

Carousel (with poet Rebecca Goss), Guillemot Press, 2018. Read More.

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Cain’s: The Story of Liverpool in a Pint (LUP, 2009). Read More.

“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.

Listen to me reading from chapter 1 here.

More on my books page. Buy a copy from amazon.co.uk here

Elsewhere

chrisroutledge.pictures

Moby Dick on the Mersey

If Not Duffers

Twitter

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“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.

Listen to me reading from chapter 1 here.

More on my books page. Buy a copy from amazon.co.uk here

Elsewhere

Pictures

Moby Dick on the Mersey

If Not Duffers

The Venetian Vase

Letters to Elizabeth

Twitter

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chrisroutledge.co.uk is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk