News coverage – Stafford-Lichfield bus route in new travel book

Writing can be a lonely and lengthy process so it’s always a nice boost and encouraging to get coverage in the newspapers.

I was delighted the Express & Star picked up my press release about Bus Pass Britain Rides Again, publishing it in full on October 17. I’ve published my news release below. It was great to write about my home county and I’ve added a few of the images I took along the way to this piece.

Story in October 17 Express and Star

Story in October 17 Express and Star

I’ve written about BPBRA previously here.

News release: Stafford writer details County bus route in new travel guide

A Stafford writer has included famous county landmarks Shugborough, Lichfield Cathedral and the Ancient High House in a new travel book detailing Britain’s best bus routes.

‘A Tale of Two Doctors – Prose and Poison’ by Richard Lakin has been published in the travel guide Bus Pass Britain Rides Again.

Former journalist Mr Lakin, who lives in Doxey, said the book celebrated many routes and landmarks people could enjoy by bus.

His chapter details the Arriva 825 route across Cannock Chase from Stafford to Lichfield, stopping off along the way to learn about the Ancient High House, Shugborough, Dr William Palmer, Lichfield Cathedral and Dr Johnson.

“I’ve written about America, Croatia and New Zealand among other countries, so it was great to be offered the chance to write something closer to home.

“There’s so much to see and explore in Staffordshire and some great stories to tell along the way. My chapter – and indeed this book – is about taking things slowly and stopping off to enjoy the things you might not know about or appreciate.”

Stepping Stones, Cannock Chase - a short walk from the 825 route

Stepping Stones, Cannock Chase – a short walk from the 825 route

Mr Lakin, who has also published short stories, is currently working on a novel set in the Midlands.

In 2009 he won the Daily Telegraph’s Just Back annual travel writing prize and has been shortlisted in the Sunday Independent travel writing competition and published by the Guardian and Writers’ Abroad.

Dr Johnson's House - where the bus tour concludes

Dr Johnson’s Birthplace Museum – where the bus tour concludes

Editor’s Notes

The book is published by Bradt travel guiclick here. 

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About richlakin

I'm married with two young boys and living in Staffordshire. If I'm not working you can find me day dreaming or holding high-brow literature in front of my face. Or eating Arctic Roll.
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One Response to News coverage – Stafford-Lichfield bus route in new travel book

  1. beetleypete says:

    Fame at last Rich! Well done mate, you look used to the front page. May there be many more…
    Regards, Pete.

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