St Cuthbert's Final Journey

Following 9th century monks as they flee from invading vikings with the body of St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels – and undertake a momentous journey that helps shape England

Stone Circles, Shrunken Heads and Wind Turbines…

We find it eventually, after driving to Great Salkeld instead of Little Salkeld and finding out you haven’t been able to go directly from one to the other for hundreds … Continue reading

April 28, 2013 · 9 Comments

St Ninian’s Cave and Whithorn

“Galloway is known for its Christian church, more ancient than the churches of Iona or Canterbury…the countryside was rich. It is tempting to speak of milk and honey. Medieval food … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Failed Flight to Ireland and the Solway Firth

Please note – usually I don’t let anyone see my work until I’ve done several redrafts, particularly fiction, such as the style below. For me, rewriting is the most essential part of … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Cavers to the Derwent…Blind Dogs, Ruined Houses, Modern Day Pilgrims and a Crab Trapper

We find St Cuthbert’s Church at Cavers in the morning; around a couple of sloping tracks above the village. Given how many churches have been open so far, a lovely … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

Sometimes I plunge…

Sometimes I plunge through the press of waves unexpectedly, delving to the earth, the ocean bed. The waters ferment, sea-horses foaming .. The whale-mere roars, fiercely rages, waves beat upon … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Of all objects …

Of all objects which I have ever seen, there is none which affects my imagination so much as the sea, or ocean. I cannot see the heavings of this prodigious … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

From Kelso to Cavers…

Don’t eat the fish and chips in Melrose; greasy, poor quality and badly cooked, and that includes the mushy peas too. It filled a hole but it felt like a … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

Norham, Flodden and the Reivers…

Norham, supposedly sheltered between the Cheviots to the south and the Lammermuir Hills to the north, where Cuthbert worked as a shepherd boy and saw a vision of Aidan’s soul … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

St Cuthbert’s Cave

They climbed the hill, exhausted already, but with God giving them strength and the good Abbot Eardred urging them on. There came the seven first, leading along Bishop Eardwulf with … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

In the Beginning…

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit … Continue reading

April 23, 2013 · Leave a comment