Portsmouth’s Poet Laureate charity ride will be poetry in motion

CYCLE Portsmouth's Poet Laureate Sam Cox will take part in The Rowans Hospice Ruby Ride. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122642-3)
CYCLE Portsmouth's Poet Laureate Sam Cox will take part in The Rowans Hospice Ruby Ride. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122642-3)

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SHE normally writes poems while sitting at her desk.

Now Portsmouth Poet Laureate Sam Cox will use her pen and notebook to write interesting verses during a cycle ride in aid of a worthy cause.

Sam, 38, of Gunwharf Quays, will get off her saddle at different points during The Rowans Hospice’s Ruby Ride around Portsmouth and scribble poems about people’s fundraising efforts, the ride and the landscape.

She aims to write 30 poems by the end of the 30-mile route.

Around 550 fundraisers are expected to take part in the event on September 30.

As well as the 30-mile route participants can take part in a more leisurely 18 mile or 3.5 mile option.

For the experienced rider there is a 60-mile ride which takes in Petersfield and Wickham.

Sam, who is yet to be published, performs her work at theatres, open mic nights, and art galleries.

She said: ‘This is a personal challenge that I’ve set myself.

‘The Rowans Hospice is a fantastic cause that helps so many people so I was keen on taking part.

‘I’m just going to take inspiration from the landscape, the people around me and their cycling and fundraising efforts.’

Sam, who is a former deputy head at Charter Academy, Southsea, added: ‘Writing is my passion.

‘I’m a keen cyclist and it’s my main mode of transport because I don’t drive, so I thought combining the two interests would be unique.

‘I hope to raise as much money as possible.

‘Afterwards I’ll look to put the poems in a collection.’

Sam, who is currently writing a novel called Missed Call is the second person in Portsmouth to hold the laureateship.

Kelly Bianchi, of Southsea, was the city’s ambassador for poetry last year.

Havant College student Joe McQuilken is currently Portsmouth’s Young Poet Laureate.

As part of the role people are asked to visit schools and represent the city at festivals.

All the cycle routes will begin at 1000 Lakeside, at Lakeside Business Park in Portsmouth.

To take part fill in a registration form at rowanshospice.co.uk/files/RubyReg.pdf