Jack’s travel tale is tops
Pictured: winner Jack Cornish
A Spennymoor schoolboy who turned the ignition on his imagination to pen an original story will have his work read by millions after winning a creative writing competition launched by one of the biggest names in UK transport.
Fourteen year-old Jack Cornish has been selected by National Express as one of just 12 young people nation-wide to have his short story published on its onboard infotainment system VUER, which is short for View, Unwind, Enjoy, Relax.
Jack, who attends The Oaks Secondary School, entered the first-ever ‘Express Yourself’ story competition with ‘Eleanor and Cameron: The prequel to the Princess at Hell’s Rift’, an exciting tale of daring-do about a young lady who dreams about living in a castle.
Bosses at the UK’s largest coach operator launched the writing competition, which was judged by children’s authors across the UK including Northern Judge Rachel Lindsey from Crewe, as part of it’s ‘Youth Promise’ – a commitment to give back to young people in communities across the UK.
Now Jack’s story will feature alongside the other winning entries as in a special ‘Travel Tales’ book for children on VUER, National Express’ complimentary ‘infotainment’ app, which allows coach travellers to enjoy films, TV and magazines and free WiFi completely free of charge.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “Every year we take millions of people on a journey, so it seemed really fitting to turn the tables and invite kids from all over the country to let their imaginations run riot and take us on a literary journey - they certainly didn’t disappoint. We’ve been absolutely blown away by quality of the entries which have taken us from depths of the jungle to outer space – and just about everywhere inbetween. All the entries we received were brilliant and we’d like to say a huge thanks to all the young people who entered – we loved reading every single tale – as well as of course a massive well done to Jack whose story will now be enjoyed by millions on VUER”.
Jack entered alongside other children from the school.
Head Andrea English said the efforts of all the children who entered were brilliant. She added: "The pupils worked very hard to produce top quality writing and we are very proud of them. This achievement shows that no matter what your difficulties, everyone can do something really special. We very much hope that Jack, Daniel and Katelyn will continue to get pleasure from writing and inspire other people to get involved."
Jack’s story will be available on VUER this summer as part of the ‘Travel Tales’ short story collection. To read it customers simply need to download the VUER from the Apple or Android app store on their phone or tablet before they get on-board to access the content, which is then streamed over Wi-Fi during the journey.