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The Gospels Good News 2013

As the world renowned Lindisfarne Gospels return to the North East, Chris Connel sets out to compile his own Good News Gospels. Abandoning the usual diet of grim news stories, Chris sets out to find stories reflecting the human spirit of endeavour and persistence - and he finds them in abundance.

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Mon 1 Jul 2013 22:35

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Lindisfarne Gospels: Why is this book so special?

Lindisfarne Gospels: Why is this book so special?

For the first time in 12 years, an extraordinary book is heading back to its home in North East England.

 

The Lindisfarne Gospels, a 1,300-year old manuscript, will be the centrepiece of a much awaited exhibition in Durham starting in July 2013.

 

But why is this book so special?

 

Read the full feature on the BBC Religion and Ethics website.

Celebrating good news stories

Celebrating good news stories

Gospels - Good News 2013 celebrates good news to mark the arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the cathedral City of Durham. 

 

Joy after the arrival of a much-longed-for baby, an artist winning a commission for his work, a woman beating breast cancer and a team of former drug addicts winning their football league are amongst the stories covered. 

 

 

Gospels translates as 'good news' and the documentary is a celebration of 21st Century good news.  

 

The return of the gospels to Durham on 1 July is a key event for the North East and the aim of this documentary is to join in this celebration by telling stories which are uplifting, remarkable, gritty and inspiring. 

 

 

The stories are not always religious – but are intended as an alternative to the daily news agenda which can sometimes feel very bleak.  

 

 

The Lindisfarne Gospels – usually housed in The British Library - are acknowledged as one of the best examples of creativity and craftsmanship from Medieval times. They were created by the community of St Cuthbert on Lindisfarne.

 

 

North East actor, Chris Connel, makes a modern day pilgrimage along the gospel’s route from Lindisfarne to Durham - talking to people with stories to tell along the way.

 

The stories Chris finds are up-lifting, taking us beyond the daily news agenda – which is too often dominated by the region being top of league tables which mark out deprivation or disadvantage. 

 

The stories are an antidote to that reputation, celebrating the human spirit, optimism and resilience. 

 

The Gospels will be in Durham from July until September in Durham University's Palace Green Library.

 

Lindisfarne Gospels debate

Lindisfarne Gospels debate

The 1,300-year-old manuscript last visited the north-east of England in 2000 and the campaign to keep it in the region is as strong as ever.

 

Should Durham or London be home to the Lindisfarne Gospels?

 

Read the full story on the BBC News website.

Who was St Cuthbert?

Who was St Cuthbert?

A respected and venerated figure in life, after his death in AD687, Cuthbert's cult flourished, reaching its heydey in the 12th Century but continuing to resonate through the medieval period and beyond.

 

 

Read the full story on the BBC Religion and Ethics website.

In pictures: What is an illuminated manuscript?

In pictures: What is an illuminated manuscript?

The Durham Gospels is a masterpiece of early Northumbrian book-craft and illumination.

 

Look at the history of illuminated manuscripts with this picture gallery on the BBC Religion website.  

Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham

Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham

The 1,300-year-old Lindisfarne Gospels have gone on display in the north-east of England for three months.

 

The major Durham University exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see them outside the British Library in London.

 

Read the full story on the BBC News website.

 

St Cuthbert statue

St Cuthbert statue

A life-size sculpture of St Cuthbert has been commissioned as a major feature of the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition at Durham University.

 

British artist Tim Chalk has created a striking contemporary interpretation of St Cuthbert which will form the centrepiece of the Gospels display.

 

Watch the video feature on the BBC News website.

St Cuthbert - father of conservation

St Cuthbert - father of conservation

St Cuthbert was one of the most revered saints of early Christianity, but few people know he was the world's first nature conservationist.

 

He introduced the world's first bird protection laws to protect the eider ducks and other sea birds nesting on the Farne Islands.

 

Watch the video feature on the BBC News website.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Connel
Producer David Morrison
Director David Morrison

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  • Mon 1 Jul 2013 22:35