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Durham Press delighted to be hosted by Cathedral

08 October 2014

A Durham-based publishing house says it is proud to be the only local press showcasing its authors in Durham Cathedral as part of this year’s Durham Book Festival.

Sacristy Press was founded in March 2011 and has since been building its profile and reputation as a publisher of historical and theological works. This will be the company’s debut at the Durham Book Festival, something co-founder Richard Hilton says he is very proud of: “It is wonderful to be taking part in the festival this year and particularly special that our authors will be speaking in Durham Cathedral, given that they are all specialists in theological or historical works.

“Durham Cathedral has been very supportive of us since our work with them on the Lindisfarne Gospels and it is an honour to be putting our authors forward to speak in such a magnificent venue.”

Building further on the ‘Durham’ theme is local man David Willem, who on 13th October, will be presenting his book St Cuthbert’s Corpse: A Life After Death that looks at his theories on whether St Cuthbert’s famous pectoral cross, which is one of the Cathedral’s many treasures, ever really belonged to him.

On 12th October, it is the turn of Kevin Carey, a former journalist and a lay minister in the Church of England who is known for his bold, 21st Century re-telling of the New Testament, The Third Testament for the Third Millenium. He will be looking at how fiction can be used in the teaching of theology.

Finally, Sacristy Press presents a discussion panel on writing historical fiction with authors Susan Bell, Judith Thomson, Marion Husband and David Lowther on 17th October.

Ruth Robson, Head of Marketing Events at Durham Cathedral said: “We are delighted to be hosting events at the Durham Book Festival again this year and are particularly pleased to be supporting the work of local publishing house Sacristy Press. It is wonderful to see new and emerging authors of theological and historical works coming together to present their thought provoking works in the wonderful setting of Prior’s Hall here at Durham Cathedral.”

Durham Cathedral is also hosting events with Sheila Hancock on 14th October, Kate Adie on 15th October followed by the War Correspondents Song Theatre performance and William Atkins and Benjamin Myers on 16th October. For full details of all of the Durham Book Festival events taking place at Durham Cathedral, please visit