Centre for New Writing

The Essence of Cycling

People say that everyone would do exercise if only you could bottle the feeling. This commission was produced to capture the essence of cycling: the exercise itself and the culture that surrounds it. The commission was designed by Dr Gary O’Donovan and Dr Corinne Fowler, who are based at the University of Leicester.

The Essence of Cycling commission was designed to explore the many pleasures of cycling. The commissioned writer interviewed new and experienced cyclists and then produced a short film script, or vignette, of between 900-1,000 words. It is anticipated that the script will subsequently be the basis for an innovative short film about cycling. We will seek additional funding to make short films which capture the essence of other popular sports and forms of exercise.

Kevan Manwaring was the winner of the commission. Learn more about Kevan on his blog.

Pre-application meeting

A pre-application meeting was held so that competition entrants could meet project investigators and cyclists at 3.00pm at the Café Ventoux on Thursday 10 March 2016.

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