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...