Rider

I am a freelance writer with extensive cycle touring experience in Europe and North Africa. Although it feels long distant, I also have an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic, modern history and music).

I've been writing and taking action on migration issues in Calais and beyond since summer 2014 and was one of the instigators of the 2015 Calais Critical Mass, which brought eighty-plus bicycle donations (and their fabulous riders) to Calais. After the Critical Mass, I told stories on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC 2 and Newsweek, as well as many other friendly and not-so-friendly media outlets in the UK and abroad.

I feel incredibly lucky to be able to take on a journey such as this by choice, and so feel a deep obligation to share the things I learn with as great an audience as possible, across as varied media as possible.

This is my most ambitious story-telling expedition to date, and due to the need for hyper-mobility, words are written on my beloved Alphasmart Neo 2 and publication-quality images, video and audio are captured on my Sony Xperia Z5 smartphone. All media from the expedition is collected on this site and shared through Twitter (@dcisbusy) and Instagram (@dcisbusy).

At the end of June 2016, I returned to the UK to vote Remain in the EU Referendum. I woke up (on my birthday) to discover I had voted in the minority. I was devastated - not because I was on the losing side (god knows I'm used to that!) - but because the ride had already shown me how apparently irreconciliable political differences are steadily tearing apart our European society.

So that August I went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to produce Foiled, a comedy I co-wrote with Beth Granville, set and staged in a hair salon. The ride will resume in 2017...

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