Northumbrian Scribes: A Love of Letters

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I was honoured to receive an invitation from The Society of Northumbrian Scribes to the opening of their exhibition, A Love of Letters, at Bede’s World in Jarrow. More than 60 pieces of calligraphic work are on display, showcasing a wide variety of skills from members of all ages and abilities. The group’s founder and…

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Mixing business with pleasure


Well, I appear to have survived my first summer as a self-employed mum-of-two, although my purse is starting to feel the pinch! It’s the first time since my second bout of maternity leave in 2012 that I haven’t had to work (in the traditional sense at least) during the six-week school holidays. I have, however,…

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Sharing calligraphy skills

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I’ve had a great time this summer introducing people to the ancient art of calligraphy. I’ve been holding taster sessions at Bede’s World in Jarrow, where I was also given a chance to talk a little about myself and my business at one of their summer salons. For those of you who don’t know, a…

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Planning a Wedding before Social Media


Setting up a new business in the ever-expanding wedding industry has certainly been an eye-opener. There seems to be a lot more on the market now than there was when I was planning my wedding almost seven years ago – and even since my sister was planning hers in 2010. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest have…

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Calligraphy for a charity dinner

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THIS week I was proud to support a charity event for three very special little boys. Technically, I was a sponsor, having created a seating plan for the Hat-trick! dinner free-of-charge. But all I did was offer to help a former newsroom colleague, who did a tremendous job of pulling the whole thing together single-handedly. I also had a…

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Finding calligraphy in unusual places

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I love finding calligraphy in unusual places. Since setting up Creative Calligraphy, I’ve definitely found myself taking more notice of writing styles on anything and everything, from billboards to tattoos! Fortunately, the museums and other visitor attractions of the north east have provided a wealth of calligraphy examples to delight and inspire me. During a visit to…

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The origins of calligraphy

What have the Romans ever given us? It’s an oft-quoted line from Monty Python’s Life of Brian that provokes quite a list of benefits, from medicine and education to wine and public baths. They also gave us the Latin alphabet – and western calligraphy is instantly recognisable by the use of Latin script. The Latin…

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Boldon Book is a real treasure

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Another fascinating example of medieval calligraphy has gone on display in South Tyneside. Bede’s World in Jarrow is currently home to the only surviving full-scale replica of the Codex Amiatinus – and now South Shields Museum & Art Gallery is playing host to the oldest of the four surviving copies of the Boldon Book. Both manuscripts are in…

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Codex Amiatinus at Bede’s World

Bede’s World in Jarrow is currently exhibiting the only existing copy of the Codex Amiatinus. When I first laid eyes on the full-scale replica of Bede’s Great Bible, it was still packed in boxes on a pallet in the museum’s reception, fresh from its flight from Italy. To see it on display, in all its…

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Networking is child’s play

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Starting a new business is like having another child. So, just like I did with my son James, four, and daughter Sophie, two, I’ve been taking my new ‘baby’ along to some groups to meet other ‘parents’. Having written about The Inspire Network during my time as a journalist, one of the first people I…

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