Published on : Monday, October 16, 2017
Forty expectant guests, who were told nothing more than to turn up at Birmingham New Street station were whisked down to Birmingham International in First Class, enjoying a selection of Virgin Trains’ popular menu in the First Class Lounge, before being entertained by Stuart Maconie.
As one of the UK’s foremost travel writers – Maconie has published nine books about various aspects of the UK, including frequent travel on trains – Stuart is a regular traveller with Virgin Trains and used his journey down for Scotland this week as inspiration for a 1,000 word short story.
“Finding the time and quiet space to write is so hard when there are constant demands of work, family, not to mention distractions at the end of my fingers on my phone,” explained Stuart.
“Spending a few hours on a Virgin Train between Edinburgh and Birmingham New Street allowed me to enjoy the view – tweeting a few photos from the beautiful Lake District and Scottish Borders on the way – whilst also writing about what I was seeing. We’ve got such a fantastic variety of landscapes in the UK – train travel, at speed, but in comfort and without having to concentrate on anything but yourself, allows you to really appreciate it in all its glory.”
Stuart was also joined by the winners of the Flash Fiction competition held in partnership with the Birmingham Mail much to the delight of the eager audience.
“I’ve got to say it’s absolute genius to get a group of people on a Virgin Trains on a Friday evening and treat them to a creative, inspiring and most importantly really fun night,” enthused Rabiyah K Latif from Birmingham.
“Birmingham is our home and we wanted to do something different to help celebrate twenty years of serving the city and its people,” explained Natasha Grice, General Manager for Virgin Trains in the West Midlands. “People choose to relax in different ways when they’re onboard our trains; some like to unwind watching films or reading magazines using our onboard entertainment system Beam; for others it’s a great opportunity to read a good book, and for some people it can even provide the inspiration to write one.”
Source:- Virgin Rail
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