Nidaros

Nidaros

The Tiernans are just back from a trip to Trondheim. It was, in part, a research foray for my next novel, a sequel to ‘Cuthbert of Farne’ which will focus on the fate of the Community of St Cuthbert in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest. There are some extraordinary...
Old Melrose Walk and Talk event

Old Melrose Walk and Talk event

This event was part of my Reading St Cuthbert’s Way tour and definitely a highlight! Old Melrose is the site of the Anglo-Saxon monastery where St Cuthbert started his vocation and went on to become prior. The site is a promontory surrounded on three sides by...
Eider duck requiem

Eider duck requiem

The second week of June this year brought torrential rain, strong winds and unseasonably cold temperatures. After a succession of dreary indoor days, I pulled out my winter coat and set off for a walk down the pier. Berwick pier runs out at an angle to the estuary for...
Channelkirk and Cuthbert’s childhood

Channelkirk and Cuthbert’s childhood

  St Cuthbert’s Way is the celebrated long-distance footpath associated with the life of St Cuthbert. But once a year there is an opportunity to walk a related but less well-known route which has a particular association with the childhood of St Cuthbert. This year...

What Bede didn’t tell us: writing ‘Cuthbert of Farne’

During my childhood in North Northumberland in the fifties and sixties, St Cuthbert was a familiar background presence. Days out with a picnic on Lindisfarne always included a search along the shore for Cuddy’s beads, the crinoid fossils that local folklore held were...