An Otley Run

A lot can happen in fifteen pubs. 

A young man sits alone in Woodies, waiting for his friends. It’s the same day as Sarah’s hen party. They’re all doing the Otley Run pub crawl. 

Will they make it to The Dry Dock, and what will they discover on the way?

An Otley Run is a verse novella which tells the story of two groups of people spending their day doing the famous Otley Run pub crawl in Leeds. It was published by Half Moon Books in November 2018, and shortlisted for Best Novella in the 2019 Saboteur Awards.

“I read An Otley Run from start to finish in one sitting, nodding in recognition all the way through. Packed full of believable characters, familiar settings and painful fancy dress, this filmic and strangely beautiful verse novella will bring nostalgia to any pub-crawler, not least those who have experienced the joys of the Otley Run.”

Maria Ferguson

“Joe Williams’ pub odyssey, An Otley Run, bawdy, vulgar and witty as f**k, took me straight back to my gargantuan drinking days in Headingley, as a younger man. Working on so many different levels, I found this picaresque verse-novel both brilliant and intoxicating.”

James Nash

There’s a dedicated website for An Otley Run at, with extracts from the book, some details about the Otley Run pub crawl, a photo tour of the route, and more.

You can buy the book here, or direct from Joe at any of his gigs.

Below are some links to further reviews of An Otley Run. These are external websites and will open in a new browser tab.

Colin Petch, Northern Soul.
Steve Whitaker, Yorkshire Times.
Confluence Magazine.