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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...

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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 the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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On cold water swimming and St Cuthbert

The summer of 2018 just gone was, famously, a Good Summer. In the south of England people sweltered in hot towns as the temperatures soared into the thirties. This, of course, didn’t happen up here in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Our town sits above the Tweed estuary and the...

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