St. Nicholas Cathedral

St Nicholas Cathedral is the Church of England Cathedral for Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland and is England’s most northerly Cathedral. On this site, high above the River Tyne and near the Norman Castle, prayer and worship have been offered each day for over nine hundred years.

The Cathedral has a local, regional and national ministry. It hosts major religious and civic occasions, in addition to daily and weekly services, and attracts many visitors. Some come for quiet reflection and prayer and to enjoy the oasis of peace which the Cathedral provides in the midst of a busy city. Others come to see the outstanding collection of monuments which the Cathedral houses, together with the Cathedral’s stained glass. Some come for concerts and exhibitions.

The Lantern Café serves breakfasts, teas and coffees, cakes and pastries, light bites, lunches and afternoon teas.

Admission is free and tours can be arranged by contacting the Cathedral Office. Information about services and events can be found on our website 

Liz Bostock -photo

Elizabeth Bostock is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, having completed the MA in 2012.  Her work in progress, Seabirds of Jutland, is a war story set in 1943 in a provincial town in occupied Denmark. The novel, inspired by her family history, draws on her research into life in Denmark during this period. Her grandfather, Asger Holmboe, was a member of the resistance group in Horsens and her great-grandfather, Christian, kept meticulous journals during the Occupation from 1940 to his death in 1945.  Her research for the novel includes work on these journals, as well as the translation of recorded interviews with Asger about his resistance work and the memories of living relatives.

Her short memoir, The Problem with Scandinavian Grandmothers*, was published in the US in 2011. She lived in Brussels for several years where she was a freelance contributor to Brussels Weekly and Rendezvous.  She is also a founder member of Caravan Press (, a not-for-profit organisation which runs writing competitions and workshops for the Brussels expatriate community.

She now lives in North Yorkshire with her husband and two children.

*Elizabeth Bostock, ‘The Problem with Scandinavian Grandmothers’, in Grandmothers, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark (CT, USA: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing LLC, 2011).

Follow this link to view the writing produced during the residency.