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Tyne writer puts on walking shoes 07 Jul 2011

Michael Chaplin acclaimed television writer and playwright, is putting on his walking shoes to walk from the piers at the mouth of the Tyne, trekking nearly-40 miles of the Port of Tyne's jurisdiction (along both banks of the Tyne).


The walk will start on 12 July at South Shields Pier, ramble upriver to the tidal Boundary Stone near Wylam, then cross Wylam bridge and continue walking a further 19 miles on the north side of the Tyne eventually ending at Tynemouth pier.

Michael, who has been Writer-in-Residence at the Port of Tyne since 2009 says: "For the last two years, I have been gathering stories, experiences and memories relating to the River Tyne and the communities and industries lining its banks.

"I am very excited about walking along both shores of the river from the piers to the Boundary Stone, covering the tidal stretch of the Tyne and the jurisdiction of the Port of Tyne itself, to the best of my knowledge its never been done before."

The project has the full support of the Port of Tyne, and Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer, will be joining Michael some of the way. Andrew Moffat says: "This sounded like the perfect opportunity to see the river from a different perspective, and I am very much looking forward to it, and to seeing the book that will be produced at the end."

During the walk, which could take two weeks, Michael will record what he sees and hears and write it all down, and produce an illustrated book to be published by the Port. "The idea is to present a snapshot of the river at this point in its history - a kind of mapping exercise, complete with accounts of conversations, encounters and unusual sights that crop up along the way."

"I plan to be accompanied by the photographer Charles Bell, and on some days by an assortment of other writers and artists who might contribute to the project in their own way. And of course anyone is welcome to join the walk, in fact it is encouraged".

The Port of Tyne has written to many of the land owners along the shore to notify them of a possible visit from Michael. Owners or occupiers of land along the banks of the Tyne are asked to make Michael welcome. Anyone can join in the project and if you would like to get involved or to find out more information please phone 0191 455 2671 or visit


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager

Tel: 0191 455 2671 Mobile: 07912 390 777 Email:

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