Tony Parsons named Heathrow writer-in-residence

275x250.jpg Airports are normally the place people pick up a trashy novel to read on the beach, but author Tony Parsons will be basing himself at Heathrow for a week in a bid to write one.

Appointed as writer-in-residence, Parsons will live amongst passengers and airport workers for one week from today and chat to travellers and airport staff including pilots, air traffic control officers and immigration officers.

During the residency, he will also roam the terminals to unearth the stories of the people that pass through its doors, with the events inspiring the plotline and the passengers its characters.  

He will then write a book 'Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow' capturing the many stories and emotions of departures and arrivals… we wonder how many characters will be moaning about Ryanair.
275x250.jpg Speaking of his airport stint Parsons said: "Airports are places of extreme emotion where people come and go and experiences begin and end.  

"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.  

"Having grown up reading Arthur Hailey's novel Airport it feels like an incredible opportunity to live at Heathrow and write about the people whose lives are touched by it.   

"I am looking forward to sharing these experiences and to reviving the airport fiction genre with my first short story collection."

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