This week I took part in the first ever Poetry Bike Tour in the South Downs. It was organised by the South Downs Poetry Festival, and features a group of poets and musicians cycling through Sussex and stopping off at pubs, cafes, bookshops, town halls and churches along the way to give readings and performances.
As I haven’t been on a bike in many years, I was a little worried I wouldn’t make it that far – especially as our first stop was at the top of Beachy Head! By the time our group had made it to the top, most of us were red-faced and drenched in sweat!! Nonetheless it was a great event to be a part of, cycling that day 17 miles up from Eastbourne to read at Beachy Head, then Birling Gap, a fantastic book shop in Arlington, Chatleston House, and finally at Firle. I hope to do it again next year!
A local news report of the journey can be found here.