Actor George Costigan enters the 36 Word Challenge!

Brevity is key when it comes to the Harrogate International Festivals “36 Word Challenge”, a partnership with local bus company Transdev. Every word counts when trying to come up with a 36 word story, and actor George Costigan has tried his hand at coming up with a winning entry.

The competition is part of the celebrations in 2016, as Harrogate International Festivals turns 50. The 36 bus runs between Ripon, Harrogate and Leeds every 15 minutes, and features lots of mod cons, including an on board book library and super comfy seats!

Here is one of the stories submitted by George Costigan:


The beginning was getting on the bus. The middle was seeing her. Speaking to her. Enjoying her surprise. Enjoying her smile. The end came when her husband leaned over and punched him hard on the nose.

George has recently been on TV screens in Line of Duty, plus starred in both series of Sally Wainwright’s acclaimed Happy Valley. He’s also been picking up rave reviews for Restless House in Glasgow, and his book “The Heart Has No Lines” will be published in Spring 2017.

You can enter the 36 Word Challenge by popping your story into the box at Harrogate Bus Station, or E-mail it to

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