Heathrow parking staff hope to run into resident writer Tony Parsons
Monday, January 9, 2012
It's been a difficult year at Heathrow - Snow storms caused flight cancellations, an Ash cloud left passengers stranded abroad and BA staff went on strike. - But our Heathrow airport parking staff say the airport is keen to remind us of the romantic aspect of flying and so they've hired writer-in-residence Tony Parsons to renew our love of travelling.
As Heathrow's official author in residence Tony will be spending 7 days in the airport, meeting passengers and staff alike as he draws inspiration for his forthcoming fictional novel 'Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow'.
Parsons' history as a writer is a varied one, he began writing for music publication NME in the 70's and has since written for The Mirror as well as writing his acclaimed novel Man & Boy.
Mr. Parsons spoke of his observations on the passenger experience, stating "Often when we travel we find ourselves in such a hurry to get to our end destination that we fail to appreciate the individual stories and moments happening before us". He then elaborated further saying "the thing about airports - people pass through, and sometimes it's very ordinary stuff
and other times it's the last glimpse of one kind of life."
Our Heathrow Parking staff are hoping for a run-in with the writer, and judging by this quote it's very possible he's already met them "what has surprised me is the love the people who work there [Heathrow] feel for the place. Everyone seems to think they are plugged into something majestic."