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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 and discussions,refreshments  and book-signing. Admission £4, pre-booking advised to kmtiernan@gmail.com

Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral                                                                                           Tuesday 08 Oct, 7 – 8pm

Talk as part of the Durham Book Festival. Tickets £5/£4 on sale soon.

Parish Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed                                                                                 Saturday 19 Oct, 10a/m

Joint talk at the Berwick Literary Festival with historical novelist Margaret Skea . To book:  https://berwickliteraryfestival.com/event/tiernan-and-skea/

Berwick Literary Festival: fringe                                                                                         Monday 21 Oct, 10 – 1

In the footsteps of St Cuthbert: a morning visit to Lindisfarne to explore locations on the Island associated with St Cuthbert. Free of charge but booking essential.  Contact me on kmtiernan@gmail.com for programme details and booking.


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.

Past Tours

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.

Day visit:

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.


About Pilgrimage

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