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Site Contributors – This is Northumberland

This is Northumberland and The Borders is unique.  It’s a new type of website combining destination marketing information with news, features, destination information and a fully bookable accommodation search, which includes up-to-the moment last minute deals. Meet the writers who contribute regularly to the site. If you’d like to get in touch please use the contact form.

Patrick Norris

Patrick Norris

Patrick Norris is co-publisher and co-editor of www.thisisnorthumberland.com. He is a qualified hill walking guide and has the Walking Group Leader Award. He is also a member of the Mountain Training Association.  Patrick has lead young people on expeditions to Nicaragua and to some of the wilder and remoter parts of England and Wales. Patrick and his wife Louise Almond-Norris own and operate Footsteps in Northumberland, where they take people out walking along the Northumberland Heritage Coast, in the rolling countryside and along the valleys and over the hills of the Northumberland National Park. Patrick is a keen writer and produces a regular column for This is Northumberland called A Walker’s Guide.

Colin Corlett

Colin Corlett

Colin Corlett is co-publisher and co-editor of www.thisisnorthumberland.com. He helps Northumbria Byways to market its holiday cottage letting agency. He also writes and blogs about Northumberland. His interests include The Cheviot hills, Bastle houses and Hadrian’s Wall. He is a marketing expert and trained as an accountant.

Sheelagh Caygill is co-publisher and co-editor at www.thisisnorthumberland.com. She is an award-winning journalist and has worked for The Northern Echo, Darlington, and The Edmonton Journal, Canada. Most recently she was PR executive at Northumberland Tourism. She freelances, owns and manages a number of websites, and works with businesses on social media projects. She has extensive experience in corporate communications and has lectured on journalism and media studies at Darlington College. Sheelagh has a diploma journalism from Niagara College, Ontario, and a BA in History from the University of Alberta.

Geoff Holland

Geoff Holland

Geoff Holland is a  Northumbrian by birth and author of four books of self-guided walks: The Cheviot Hills; Walks from Wooler; The Hills of Upper Coquetdale and Walks on the Wild Side,The Cheviot Hills. He is a regular contributor to TGO (The Great Outdoors) and Country Walking magazines and can be heard reading a selection of his poems on the spoken word website www.listenupnorth.com. He publishes www.cheviotwalks.co.uk. Geoff’s books are available online. 

Kevin O'Hara

Kevin O’Hara

Kevin O’Hara is a wealth of wildlife knowledge. As Conservation Officer for Northumberland Wildlife Trust, he is madabout wildlife and at the beginning of each month he produces a new wildlife column for ww.thisisnorthumberland.com, called Call of the Wild. If you have a question for Kevin, or a comment, he would be happy to hear from  you.  Use the blog comment form below his columns, or get in touch at northumberlandfirst@gmail.com.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is a creative writer and lives near Darlington. He spends much of his free time in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders and his favourite locations are Hexham, Rothbury, Kelso and Melrose. He is interested in social media and in particular the use of blogs and Twitter to promote and influence the arts. He is currently learning photography.
Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore is a keen golfer and writes a regular golf feature on the site, profiling some of the best courses in the North East of England and the Scottish Borders. He is a storyteller with one foot in the world of public relations andanother in online magazines. He runs Honeypot Media Ltd, a creative PR Consultancy, and writes aout golf and travel as editor of Global Golfer Magazine, www.globalgolfermag.com.

Jon Tait

Jon Tait

Writer Jon Tait recently published his most recent book, Northumberland: 40 Coast and Country Walks. Jon describes the walks as perfect for mending a bruised soul. He is a keen history fan and writes a Northumberland history column for This is Northumberland. Jon used to live in Rothbury and went to school in Morpeth, and currently lives with his family in Carlisle.