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

Closer to home…acid rain, missing graveyards and wishful memories of a long lost Daddy

Closer to home now; not the home I made for myself, or the home I grew up in, but the home of my grandparents, where my Mam grew up as … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mutilated Effigies, a Deserted Medieval Village and a Sub-Sea Engineer in Cuthbert’s Town

The church at South Cowton is fortress-like, its solid no-nonsense walls and thin windows built to withstand the tumultuous times it was built in – the 15th Century; when life … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

Lindisfarne

I’m stood on top of the dunes with the wind stretching my skin, bellowing in my ears like some giant conch. And all around me I have a 360 degree … Continue reading

April 21, 2013 · 3 Comments

Vernal Equinox…a poem by Alan O’Cain

The following poem was written by Alan O’Cain after the St Cuthbert’s Day Walk on March 20th 2013. March 20th was not only St Cuthbert’s Day – it was Vernal … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · 3 Comments

St Cuthbert’s Day Walk….with Otters, Rune-stones, Banners and a Service

The numbers were down on expectations, not surprising given the horrific weather forecast of driving snow and sleet. I looked up to the sky and crossed my fingers, then back … Continue reading

March 21, 2013 · 13 Comments

Into the Wild…

“Cuthbert was wont to preach in those villages that were far away on steep and rugged mountainsides, which others dreaded to visit and whose poverty as well as ignorance prevented … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Lindisfarne Gospels

In July 2013, one of the world’s most beautiful and important books will return to the North-East of England. The Lindisfarne Gospels, an illuminated manuscript created in the early 8th … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

Even if…

Even if I could possibly hide myself in a tiny dwelling on a rock, where the waves of the swelling ocean surrounded me on all sides, and shut me in … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Hobbit, Tolkien’s Middle Earth and Northumbria…

Please forgive me what may be considered a distraction but I’ve literally just returned home from watching The Hobbit with my nine year old son and feel compelled to write. … Continue reading

January 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

They came from across the North Sea…

They came from across the North Sea, sliding over waves in their graceful longships, outcasts and outlaws from the harsh lands of vast forests and mountain ranges, pushed out by … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · 1 Comment