Poetandem: a poetry cycle…literally

If you were in the north Italian city of Bologna last weekend, you’d have been in for an unusual cultural treat. The resonant chimes of the church bells were temporarily replaced by the sharp trills of bicycle bells as scores of poetry lovers cycled through the streets and piazzas of the historic town centre, bringing poems written by poets from all over the world to…well, anyone who fancied listening.

Now in its second year, Poetandem invites everyone to get on their bikes and spread the poetic word to unsuspecting passers-by, as I discovered.

First broadcast on The Strand, BBC World Service, 26th July 2010.

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