Peter on board as bard for Central

GLASGOW'S Central Station is being lit up by literature.

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For the first time, the transport hub has appointed a writer-in-residence and the railway bard has been named as prize-winning journalist and author Peter Ross.

To mark the occasion, Peter unveiled a new floor laminate that highlights the iconic status of meeting under the station clock.

Station manager Ross Moran said: "It is an enormous privilege to have Peter with us as our writer-in-residence.

"We were interested in the work Alain de Botton did with Heathrow and thought we would like to do something similar here.

"We have been dipping our toe in lots of cultural events - cinema, music, live entertainment - at Central and wanted to expand on that.

"Peter will be with us for at least a year and in that time he can expand the role however he likes. We can't wait to see what he comes up with for Central."

Peter said that the station is " fascinating".

He added: "It is a microcosm of Glasgow. So many people go through the station every day; lovers, people going to break up with someone, there will be fights. All of life is there.

"I want to record peoples' stories. Instead of having someone there to sell you a paper ticket to Troon, I thought it would be nice if there was someone there asking for your story and taking it down."

Peter, who worked for the Evening Times's sister paper the Sunday Herald, has a strong connection with Glasgow Central Station.

The journalist has written about the station's many characters and history in the past.

He spent yesterday talking to travellers, staff and passers-by, finding fuel and ingredients for his next essay on all that goes on - and goes through - Glasgow Central Station.

The new floor laminate he unveiled is inscribed with the words: "In the station, the clock above, will meet and talk of life and love," reflecting the magic of meeting under the clock.

catriona.stewart@eveningtimes.co.uk

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