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Ground Fund To Benefit From Book Sales

AFC Liverpool’s Ground Development Fund is set to benefit from sales of a book written by the Reds’ Programme Editor Steven Horton.

The new publication, entitled “Street Names Of The City Of Liverpool”, is a revised and updated edition of a book first published in 2002, and a donation will be made to the Reds’ fund from the proceeds of sales.

The book is the result of several years work and an interest in Liverpool’s history that, as Steven explained, began for him about 20 years ago.

“I am 40 now, and first got into local history in my early 20s.  Having been away to University in Surrey and returning to Liverpool, I began to appreciate how much the city had to offer and what contribution it had made to modern history compared to many other places.

“In the late 1990s I took a part time journalism/creative writing course at the University of Liverpool, basically for something to do as I had a job at the time that had a 24/7 12 hours shift pattern so I had a lot of free time on my hands.

“Around the same time I began living in an unusual named road, Inigo Road in the Old Swan area of  Liverpool.  After spending time finding out how that street got its name, things then spiralled out of control and I combined my new interest with the writing to put a book together.

“Basically, many street names you can find in the local record office, but developers don’t necessarily have to say why they chose a particular name.  Therefore, in many cases it’s a case of looking for patterns (e.g. groups of politicians or architectural styles) but there will be some that will always be a mystery where they come from.

“Things change over time as well.  For instance, Liverpool for a while wouldn’t allow streets to be named after people, but now they do again, even those still alive.

“The book ‘Street Names of the City of Liverpool’ was first published in 2002, having taken about two years to put together, then another year trying to find a publisher.  I followed it up with another book, ‘Street Names of Wirral’ in 2003, and the aim was to roll out the series across Merseyside.

“However I changed to a Monday to Friday 9 to 5 job, my son was born and there was no time to do any more and I more or less forgot about writing completely.  But then in 2008 the opportunity to get involved in AFC Liverpool and editing the programme came up, which arose through club founder Alun Parry being an old friend from school.

“Doing the programme has got me disciplined in writing again and also re-ignited a passion. Earlier this year in March, an opportunity came up to take voluntary severance from Liverpool City Council, where I was working in the ASBO unit and I am now carving out a full time writing career.

“As well as doing some blogging and Anti-Social Behaviour commentary, I have developed some walking tour iphone apps, but the street names book is the biggest project to date.  It takes into account changes in the city in the last ten years, and the latest edition is adding about a third more streets again.

“The internet is a far better research tool now than it was ten years ago, and it’s amazing how many more street name origins I have managed to uncover.

“In addition to this, I am now working on two other books that I have signed publishing deals for.  One is another local history concept linked to Liverpool, and the other is in relation to one of Liverpool FC’s many triumphs.

“I have copies of the book available for sale now, but it won’t be in the shops for another week or so as the literary agents are still sorting out the distribution.  It’s available through Ebay through my account if people wish to search for it, or anyone interested can contact me directly”.

The book is priced at £7, and to order a signed copy, contact at Steven at [email protected] or on 07884 003161.


Posted by:  afclpapakuz         Date:  October 10, 2011         Popularity:  397 views

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