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Lindisfarne Gospels come to Stockton

Monday, March 31, 2014


An exhibition celebrating one of the world’s most important books will be in Stockton Town Centre from this week.

Retraced: St Cuthbert’s Final Journey captures the route of the Lindisfarne Gospels through a range of photographs and pieces of creative by award-winning photographer Paul Alexander Knox and acclaimed writer Richard W Hardwick.

Their exhibition will tour the North East, stopping off at the towns and cities the Saint Cuthbert community crossed as they travelled to find a safe place for the illuminated manuscript.

It will be displayed in Stockton Central Library from Tuesday 1 April until 30 April.

The artists developed the exhibition after retracing the original route taken by ninth century monks after fleeing the Vikings with Saint Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “The Lindisfarne Gospels has a rich history dating back to the early centuries so it is particularly interesting to learn more about the journey of this beautiful book in Stockton and hear all about the artists’ own journey to capture this historic event.

“There is always lots going on in our libraries and the exhibition will be on display all month so there is plenty of time to come along and see it for yourself.”

Richard and Paul will also visit the library later in the month to deliver a set of accompanying workshops and lectures about their journey and pieces of work.

Visitors can hear first-hand accounts from the two artists during a special talk on Wednesday 23 April, where they will share their experiences of their exciting expedition. The talk will be held in Jim Cooke Conference Suite inside Stockton Central Library, from 10.30am to 12 noon.

On Monday 28 April, there will be an opportunity to join Richard for a creative writing workshop where people will be encouraged to explore their skills and try their hand at writing a piece of their own about their local communities. Participants will also have the chance to learn more about writing and publishing processes and receive advice in a question and answer session after the workshop.

Budding photographers will be able to pick up some tips from Paul Alexander Knox. Paul will look at photograph composition, explain useful techniques and help participants in improving their own skills. During his lecture he will also discuss his fascinating work as a social documentarian, using photos to capture places and people.

The workshops are free of charge. They will take place from 6pm to 9pm in Stockton Central Library. Workshop places are limited and booking is essential. For further information and to book your place, contact Stockton Central Library on (01642) 526521.