Three of the Edinburgh Local Group cycled from Newcastle northwards as a recce for two of the stages of our Cycle against Torture in July 2019. The FfT North East group gave the cyclists a great send off and Simon Shailendra took some excellent photos. A wonderful two days was had and plans are in place for serious training once 2019 starts. This pic was taken at Warkworth Castle, which is not about to fall down!
You can be part of this event in many ways – you can ride a bit of the way with us, you can arrange activities where we pass through and/or you can donate to our JustGiving page, or become a Team Member on that Team. We can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Out for Cushions with poetry! Who’s up for customising a cushion for our Spoken Word event on 9th Feb so that people who are standing have a soft spot to plonk down on … all shapes , styles and sizes welcome , but ALL to be customised with some lines from a POEM you LOVE , sewn , scribbled , painted or printed onto a patch on the cushion (Don’t tell me you DON’T have an extra cushion or two kicking around )
We are delighted to confirm that ‘From Bad to Verse‘ with John Hegley and Friends is now open for booking on Eventbrite. Sat 9th Feb 2019 – 7.30 pm till late.
This will be a magical night of poetry , music, storytelling and improv with top performance poet, comedian and songwriter JOHN HEGLEY and friends. Celebrating the transformative power of words, this event includes live music from R&B band Combo Combo and DJ set with Lizi Rascal .
Tickets are £15.00 (plus booking fee) and available through the Eventbrite page There is seating for 40 people on a first-come-first-served basis, with lots of standing room – so book early and get there in good time. There will be raffle so come ready for that excitement too. Fund-raising for the important work of Freedom from Torture.
We now have a short url for the booking page – https://tinyurl.com/Hegley2019
We are looking forward to hearing from Freedom from Torture CEO, Sonya Sceats about the organisation and its work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today. We are proud to host this (and tomorrow’s) Imprisoned Writers’ session and are excited about the line-up of authors who will read the work of our clients in the Write to Life group. This is such an important way of enabling those voices to be heard, in a world which increasingly seeks to stifle dissent in any form.
Our reading authors today are Mohammad Sabaaneh, A L Kennedy, Omar El Akkad and DJ Semtex. See you there!
Training for next July’s Cycle against Torture ride has started! Heidi and Moira cycled 25 miles from Edinburgh to a wonderful cafe in the village of Gifford – the Lanterne Rouge. Their scones are spectacular but this blueberry cake was even better. What a view we had out the window as we sat contemplating the 25 miles home. We took the train a bit of the way, so that was all right for this stage of the training. Send us your training stories and pics!
It’s lovely that other Freedom from Torture local groups are so engaged in our Cycle against Torture 2019 plans. Ann Gibson in Oxford sent this update today:
“Members of the Oxford local group were delighted to meet Moira on 3 July after her tough cycle ride from Milton Keynes to Oxford when she tried out the route – on a Brompton! So, not for the faint-hearted in the heat that day.
We are already looking into the kind of event we can run in Oxford to welcome the cyclists after the Milton Keynes/Oxford leg of the Cycle Against Torture. We look forward to putting on a bit of a show and gathering lots of our own local supporters.”