Sarah Butler on this story:
“Driving a Tube train is a solitary occupation, much like writing; perhaps this similarity (as well as the opportunity to ride in the front of a train!) explains why I was drawn to thinking about how I could work with Train Operators as part of the project. I have based a lot of my residency around the idea of conversation: I decided to look for train operators who were prepared to spend a couple of hours with me in their cab, and allow me to use our conversation as the basis of a new short story.
“Train Operators Francesca Alaimo and Jerry Semple agreed to participate. I wrote Early turn after meeting Francesca. The story takes a Train Operator as its main character, and tries to capture the unique outlook on life available to a driver. It also weaves in ideas from conversations about Francesca’s own work as a visual artist, and indeed, the story behind her name.”
Sarah Butler writes novels and short stories, here she collaborates with London Underground staff for an Art on the Underground projectVisit the Project Page
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