Lindisfarne is a very special place, and has been for centuries. I stumbled across it on a day trip. My brother wanted to see Bamburgh Castle and we took a quick detour. Due to the tides, we only had an hour so he took a walk around while I sat in the ruins of the Priory.
It’s incongruous even now, with most of it in ruins, to have such a huge and impressive building in such a remote and tiny spot. I was thinking about the monks and their personalities and it sparked a thought for a novel.
I read L. J. Ross’s HOLY ISLAND and loved how she used the restrictions of the causeway as part of the plot.
Since that initial visit, I’ve stayed for a few days on the island, doing research and getting a sense of how it feels once the day visitors have left. It’s a beautiful and peaceful spot, with history whispering away in every corner.
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