Theresa Tomlinson - My Yorkshire Weekend

PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 April 2013

Author Theresa Tomlinson

Author Theresa Tomlinson


Novelist Theresa Tomlinson explains why she gets a buzz from living in Whitby

One of the joys of being a writer is the freedom to work when it suits you and, as we live in Whitby and the town becomes busy at the weekend, Saturday morning is a good time for me to work on my latest book.

At the moment I’m rewriting (for about the sixth time) a historical novel about Acha of Deira, mother to King Oswald and King Oswy of Northumbria. A shadowy figure from history, mentioned by Bede, Acha was an important woman of her time, as her marriage linked two smaller Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and formed the powerful Kingdom of Northumbria.

I write through Saturday morning then stop to have lunch with my husband, Tom. A perfect day for me is one that balances work and pleasure so, if the weather’s fine, we love to take an afternoon walk along the beach from Whitby to Sandsend. I never tire of this, no matter how many times we repeat it. Actually, a friend once told me that it’s especially energising, as we’re walking along an old ley line.

Having arrived in Sandsend, invigorated but thirsty, it’s essential to go to one of its excellent cafés for coffee and a bun. Ideally, I also like to wander around the Turnstone Gallery to admire the art work, pottery and sculpture on display. I inevitably then choose to return to Whitby by bus, though Tom would walk, given half a chance.

Eating out with friends in the evening completes an excellent day. We’re spoilt for choice in Whitby with so many fantastic restaurants, but the latest place we frequent is the Marine Bar on Marine Parade, with views across the river towards the abbey and live music.

I work again on Sunday morning, relaxing after lunch by pottering around the shops, looking at books, antiques and clothes and meeting up with friends for coffee.

I like to get back in good time to hit the kitchen and get ready for my secret, guilty pleasure – roast chicken, a glass of wine and Got to Dance on the television. I love all kinds of dancing and I’m completely addicted to this programme. The talent this year is astounding; it seems the country is full of young boys who are secretly teaching themselves to dance in their bedrooms with nothing but music and a mirror. The judges are so refreshing with their sparky, kind, encouraging comments. I’m rooting for Ruff Diamond from Hartlepool – they’re fantastic.

A Swarming of Bees by Theresa Tomlinson, published by Acorn, is available now priced £8.99.

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