I have to confess, despite being chosen to be an Olympic Storyteller, I really have very little personal interest in sports. And when I do something sporting, I usually choose an activity where my efforts are solitary. Not for me the team spirit of the hockey field, netball court or relay race. I am more inclined to go for long walks on my own, ski a slope in splendid isolation, or play a game against a computer opponent.
So Connection? How do I set about writing a story on the connecting power of sport?
One rule for would-be authors is to write about what you know. And one of the things I know a lot about is travelling into London by train on work-related matters. So I wrote a fiction story, set in a train and on a railway station.
Missing the Connection was the title of my story. It was inspired by the Olympic Rings at St Pancras Station.
It may not have been what the BT Storyteller site intended. And my story didn’t win a prize. But I was fairly pleased with the outcome.
You can read: Missing the Connection here, if you wish.