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Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne, or Holy Island as most locals call it, features in all three novels of my Cuthbert trilogy. I’m writing the third novel at present, which is set in the period immediately after the Norman conquest. By this time, of course, the Cuthbert Community were...

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Mindsets

When I went to read English Literature at York University in the late sixties, the King James Authorised Version of the Bible was on the Required Reading List. Not because they wanted to make Christians of us all, but because, for the last three hundred and fifty...

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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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