Events for 2019
VENUES DATES / TIMES
St Cuthbert’s Centre, Holy Island Sunday Sept 22 2.30 – 5
This event is a joint launch with Mary Low, whose book, St Cuthbert’s Way: A Pilgrim’s Guide, has recently been re-published in a new edition. There will be talks, tea and book-signing – you are welcome to drop in at any time during the afternoon.
Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral Tuesday 08 Oct, time tbc
Talk as part of the Durham Book Festival
Parish Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed Saturday 19 Oct, 10a/m
Joint talk at the Berwick Literary Festival with historical novelist Margaret Skea
In The Footsteps Tours
A particularly enjoyable part of researching my Lindisfarne novels has been visiting locations in Northumberland, Durham and the Scottish Borders associated with St Cuthbert. Many of these places are not only fascinating historically but have great spiritual presence. The Footsteps Tours grew out of a desire to share the experience of these places with others.
Four day residential:
The original Footsteps Tour. Two nights on Lindisfarne, starting with a pilgrimage walk across the sands, and with visits to St Cuthbert’s Cave and Inner Farne. From there to St Paul’s Church at Jarrow, monastery of Cuthbert’s first biographer, the Venerable Bede, and Jarrow Hall, home to the Bede’s World museum. Two nights in Durham, with visits to the Cathedral and Open Treasure exhibition, and to Chester-le-Street, home to the Cuthbert Community for 90 years before the move to Durham.
Cuthbert’s early life. We visit the Leader Valley where he grew up, and Channelkirk, said to be the site of his childhood home. We then turn back to Melrose, to view the site of Old Mailrhos where Cuthbert entered his first monastery at the age of seventeen.
Future tours may vary! If you are interested in joining a Footsteps Tour, please get in touch.
TS Eliot writes about pilgrimage like this in Little Gidding:
If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same; you would have to put off
Sense and notion. You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity,
Or carry report. You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid. And prayer is more
Than an order of words, the conscious occupation
Of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying.
And what the dead had no speech for, when living,
They can tell you, being dead; the communication
Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
Here, the intersection of the timeless moment
Is England and nowhere. Never and always.
Four Quartets by TS Eliot