How to take a walk in the footsteps of the Northern Saints

* This post was written pre lockdown *  One name keeps coming up in County Durham: Cuthbert. “St Cuthbert is woven into the landscape of the Northeast. There were times when the pilgrims couldn’t get to his shrine as it was so crowded.” Charlie Allen, Canon Chancellor of Durham Cathedral, is expainling Cuddy’s perennial appeal as …

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Media masterclass: How to tell a story and engage your readers

I’m running a new online course from March 1st in collaboration with Journalism.co.uk. We will cover how to tell a story and the importance of human interest to that. We will also look at the importance of knowing your reader and work on drafting a sample feature for you to pitch — to ultimately sell …

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Why our own innate resilience is key to the art of not falling apart

Christina Patterson understands loss. The journalist and broadcaster often talks about how she has survived cancer and is the last remaining member of her family, having most recently lost her brother. “I am,” she says, “the end of the line.” Yet she still finds ways to celebrate life with her love of the arts and …

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