Alistair Moffat travels to – and through the history of – the fated island of Lindisfarne. Walking from his home in the Borders, through the historical landscape of Scotland and northern England, he takes us on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints and scholars, before arriving on the Holy Isle. Lindisfarne, famous for its monastery, home to Saints Aidan and Cuthbert and the place where the celebrated Lindisfarne Gospels were written, has long been a place of sanctuary. It is an island rich in history and today maintains its position as a space for retreat and spiritual renewal. To the Island of Tides is a walk through history, a meditation on the power of place, but also a more personal journey; a chance for a personal stock-taking and reflection on where life leads us. In The Hidden Ways, Alistair traverses the lost paths of Scotland – its Roman roads tramped by armies, its byways and pilgrim routes, drove roads and railways, turnpikes and sea roads – in a bid to understand how our history has left its mark upon our landscape. Alistair Moffat was born in Kelso in 1950. He is an award-winning writer, historian and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and former Rector of the University of St Andrews. He is the founder of Borders Book Festival and Co-Chairman of The Great Tapestry of Scotland. The Hidden Ways was shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. Tickets: £57.50 including tea or coffee on arrival, two-course lunch, glass of wine and a signed copy of To the Island of Tides or The Hidden Ways OR £7.50 including tea or coffee on arrival and talk only (limited availability). 11.00: tea/coffee; 11.30-12.30: talk; 12.30: 2-course lunch with wine; 14.00: tea, coffee and book signing.
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