Bridgewater Schoolboy recognised for heartwarming tale
Ryan Bateman will have his short story published on the VUER app
A Bridgewater-based schoolboy will have his work on display for thousands of passengers to read, after winning a creative writing competition launched by one of the biggest names in UK transport.
Thirteen-year-old Ryan Bateman from Bridgewater, Somerset, is one of just 12 winners, all from across the UK, selected by National Express to have his short story published on its complimentary on-board infotainment system VUER- View, Unwind, Enjoy, Relax. It allows travellers to enjoy films, TV and magazines and free WiFi – all completely free of charge.
Ryan, a student at Chilton Trinity in Bridgewater, entered the first-ever ‘Express Yourself’ story competition with his story: ‘Cats Eyes’, a heart warming tale about love and loss at christmas time. Now his story features alongside the other winning entries in a special ‘Travel Tales’ book for children on VUER. It is available this summer for all to read. To do so, customers simply need to download the VUER app 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.
Bosses at the UK’s largest coach operator launched the writing competition, which was judged by children’s authors across the UK including Huw Powell from Bristol, as part of its ‘Youth Promise’ – a commitment to give back to young people in communities across the UK.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “Every year we take millions of people on a journey, so it seemed appropriate to turn the tables and invite kids from all over the country to let their imaginations run wild and take us on a literary journey and 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 in between.
“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 Ryan whose story will now be enjoyed by millions on VUER”.
Author of ‘Spacejackers’, Huw Powell said: “What a wonderful story, Ryan’s descriptions really make the story seem realistic and the relationship between the reader and the cat make the story very enjoyable to read. Many congratulations on a brilliant piece of writing! Well done!”