Steven Horton, Local Historian and Freelance Writer
Steven Horton has been a freelance writer for 20 years. He is the author of 5 books, with two more due for publication in 2013 and 2014 and has written for the Times, Liverpool Echo and numerous fanzines and websites, and also appeared on Radio Merseyside, ITV News and Sky Sports News.
Steven’s passions are Liverpool Football Club and local history, which is reflected in his current writing portfolio.
The five books published to date, which are available in both paper and e-book format, are as follows:-
- Street Names of the City of Liverpool (Countyvise 2002) – A book that details the origins of over 1,000 Liverpool streets, explaining how naming patterns have changed over time.
- Street Names of Wirral (Countyvise 2003) – This book followed on from the successful Liverpool book, detailing the origins of street names on the other side of the River Mersey in Wirral’s towns and village.
- Street Names of the City of Liverpool Revised/updated edition (Countyvise 2011) – An updated and extended version of the 2002 book, this book contains about 50% more information on Liverpool’s street names and some of the developments that took place in the nine years since the first was published.
- Liverpool Book of Days (History Press 2012) – This book contains a story for every day of the year from Liverpool’s archives. All of the major events in the city’s history are covered, such as the opening of the first dock in 1715 and the May Blitz in 1941. In addition to major events there are some quirky stories, including two actors having a fight on stage at the Royal Court theatre and a housewife writing to the Energy Secretary to tell him he had no common sense.
- Ending The Seven Year Itch (Vertical Editions 2012) – This book was released to commemorate Liverpool FC’s successful 1972-73 season, when they won the league championship and UEFA Cup, their first trophies for seven years. It tells the story behind the season as Bill Shankly completed the rebuilding of his side after breaking up the one that had been so successful in the mid 1960s and the hurdles the Reds faced with travel arrangements, postponements and disciplinary hearings held at the most inconvenient of times.
Steven also has two e-books for sale;
- The Houllier Years is a collection of articles that were submitted to websites and fanzines during Gerard Houllier’s time in charge of Liverpool FC from 1998-2004.
- Liverpool Plaques Volume 1 details the 70 local heritage plaques in Liverpool and the reasons for them.
His local history knowledge is also put to use with City Explorer Tours, for whom he works as a tour guide on open topped buses and he has also done individual walking tours of the city.
Steven also produced 3 walking tour I phone apps, so if you ever are stuck for something to do in the city centre, download the apps and have Steven walk you round this magnificent historical city;
- American Civil War Trail 1 – Self-Guided Walking Tour-This guide takes you round locations in Liverpool city centre connected with the American Civil War. As an importer of cotton, it was in Liverpool’s interest to back the Southern Confederate states and it became a place where Confederate agents sought to raise funds and purchase supplies for their war effort. The guide takes you to where those involved lived and worked during their time in Liverpool.
- Titanic Trail in Liverpool – Self-Guided Walking Tour-Although the Titanic, which sank on 15th April 1912, never sailed into Liverpool, the city, as home of the White star Line, played a major part in her story. This tour takes you round some of the sights connected with the ships construction through to the aftermath of the disaster, which claimed the lives of around 100 people with local connections.
- Football Trail Tour in Liverpool – Self-Guided Walking Tour- Liverpool is the only city in England to have had a team playing top flight football in every season since the league began in 1888. It is also England’s most successful football city, Liverpool and Everton between them have won 46 domestic and 9 European trophies. This trail takes you round the sights connected to the birth of the 2 clubs and their contribution not just to the local game but nationally and internationally as well.
Steven’s future projects include two more books that will be published in the autumn of 2013 and spring 2014. Red All Over the World details all of Liverpool FC’s foreign tours, starting off with the club’s first overseas trip to Scandinavia in 1910. We Love You Yeah Yeah Yeah tells the story of the 1963-64 championship win, Bill Shankly’s first league title which came just two years after the club had been promoted from the 2nd Division.
In addition to his books, Steven regularly writes updates and blog posts for his websites and Facebook fan pages
As a keen local historian Steven began to investigate his family geneology. He was shocked when he discovered his great, great uncle was hanged for the murder of his three year old daughter. Since then Steven has written regularly about historic Liverpool murders.
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