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Winter Solstice

Lindisfarne, 22nd December 2019. It is gone eight o’clock in the morning on this least-light day of late December, the winter solstice. I am standing on the whinstone ridge above Holy Island harbour, waiting for the sunrise. The Heugh, as the ridge is known, is at the...

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The Early Birds

  It is mid-December, and when I leave home in the early morning there is not a hint of light in the sky. It is black and raw and cold. In the summer I would bike it but today I bundle up in a thick coat and get in the car, run the heater to defrost the windows and...

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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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