21 May 2007: Poetry on a country ride with Martin Newell

Spoke N WordThe Bike Show returns to Essex and Martin Newell, writer, poet, musician and horticultural assassin, for another helping of Spoke N Word. This year’s programme features a new route from Wivenhoe to Bentley Green, reported to be the largest village green in England. We cross fields, pass through woodland and finish on a series of quiet country lanes. Rain threatens but Martin is equipped with a waterproof poetry kit.

In the studio is Andy Cox, with the latest developments on the UK premier of the Symphony for Singing Bicycles, set for Saturday 7 July. Got a dynamo? Want to take part? We need up to 24 riders, so please get in touch via bikeshow(at)gmail(dot)com.

Spoke N Word runs until 1 July, every Saturday and Sunday, with cycle rides on Sun 27 May, Sat 2 June, Sun 3 June, Sun 17 June, Sun 1 July. Tickets from £7 bookable at the Colchester Arts Centre on 01206 500 900.

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3 thoughts on “21 May 2007: Poetry on a country ride with Martin Newell

  1. I loved the “this has never happened before” as the industrial farming vehicle approached. A refreshingly off the cuff piece of radio there Jack.

  2. Yeah, great show, as usual. I love Martin Newell. Fab poetry (“…buildings plonked like Toblerone where they once unloaded sacks…”), and I loved the “wow, look at that old man” song.

    For those who are interested, here’s an interview with Martin Newell. Scroll down on the page for a couple of poems, including “River to River” (which is featured in this week’s edition of The Bike Show):

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