>Train of thought

>The trip to Worcester was good. We had a positive meeting, the craic was great and the food tasty. Best of all, the train journey was productive: The Cotswold Line, it seems, is better for writing than the Chiltern Line. I thought I’d be tired and whingeingly miserable and I ended up lightly inspired – I love it when the thing comes out of left field. Of course, I was meant to be working on the radio play and ended up sketching out changes for the stage play – but, hey!

I finished off reading The Gift, which probably helped. It’s heavy going (for me), but full of insights. I was also thinking of The Tempest – probably because we trained through a lowering storm at Charlbury. And those Spencer resurrection paintings are haunting me. Enough said.

There are a group of Russians on the train – early 20s to 40s. Very cheerful, very chatty. They get off into the maelstrom at Charlbury to be greeted by friends – all umbrellas and kisses and smiles. And all around this mid-morning darkness and wet. The train hangs around at the station – their greetings, their happiness are there for all to see. On the return journey that night we pick them up again after whatever it was – we see the farewells. They’re quieter now, but still smiling.

About lancewoodman

Playwright, heritage interpreter and teacher. Living in the Midlands, UK

Posted on November 26, 2006, in playwriting, radio. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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