Mad family disruptions and hospital visits could not stop me and my son Charlie from attending the second Pedal on Parliament in Edinburgh. The same disruptions mean a long blog on this is not possible, but here instead is a photo diary! The ride was a great success, 4000 attended, and we had ministers and world-famous cyclists tweeting their support, and riding with us. It was a delightful day. http://pedalonparliament.org/


About Pedalling Poetry

Writer Ellen McAteer is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, General Manager at Poetry London magazine. She was a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art, and a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape, as well as a solo singer who won a BBC Radio competition with her song Blue Valentine. She was Director of the Poetry Trust, which ran the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, a director of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, a visiting lecturer at Oxford University's MSt in creative writing, and a member of the core group of performers at the Hammer and Tongue spoken word collective in Oxford. She is a qualified Librarian.
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4 Responses to #POP2

  1. disgruntled says:

    I especially like the handbag slung over the handlebars 🙂

  2. Scotrail worked it seems – I presume you went back later too. I landed lucky with the 19.16 Cross Country train – First Class single on this was cheaper than second class single with any train. Rode across though 4.5 hours and summit at 294m (Glasgow’s drumlins are around 45m, so 250m of climbing up into the clouds along the old A8 Edinburgh Road – still that is almost straight all the way, so clocked out at 46.5miles.

    PS next year we need some cycling songs to sing as we ride – get writing.

    • Sing as we ride? I still have trouble with singing and playing guitar at the same time! It would be a good kind of bike that would let you do all three – or perhaps an organ bike, driven by the pedals? Love the idea of some cycling songs though, I often write songs while on the bike, it’s the motion. I’ll get my songwriting cap on…

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