Cuthbert trilogy: Christmas special!

The three novels of the Cuthbert trilogy – Cuthbert of Farne, Place of Repose and A New Heaven and a New Earth – make a great gift for Christmas!  The special offer price of £29.99 includes post and packing, click here to order:...
Wild Cycling

Wild Cycling

Lockdown brought a new joy. It could have happened at any time but for sure, that lockdown sense of irksome confinement was the spur. A few years ago I suffered a tendon injury in my right foot that became a chronic condition. In the early stages of the injury I was...
Gardening and writing

Gardening and writing

Berwick has always had its small farmers and gardeners. Pass through the town walls via Cowgate – the clue is in the name – and you find yourself in Magdalene Fields, part of the ancient Liberty of Berwick, that lie between the town and the sea. Until the Enclosures...
The End

The End

  Writing a novel is like being in lockdown; it feels as if it will never end and then suddenly it’s all picnics and barbecues. After months of struggle redrafting the final section, of long mornings feeling ‘I can’t write another word’, the text of ‘A New Heaven and...
How to be a hermit: St Cuthbert and self-isolating

How to be a hermit: St Cuthbert and self-isolating

St Cuthbert is, of course, the patron saint of self-isolators. He spent eight years on Inner Farne, a small island off the coast of Northumberland and provides a great example for those new to the practice. Despite his isolation, he became famous for his saintliness...