Come on a journey to discover the treasures of darkness.

Following on from her bestselling book of the same name, Catherine Bird explores the many different ways in which night, twilight, shade and all things dark can be celebrated.




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The Book

“I want to introduce to you to my friend, the darkness. Truth be told, darkness is more than a friend to me.  Darkness is a companion, a co-conspirator, a muse. When darkness goes away I long for darkness to return. When darkness is maligned and slandered, I want to defend darkness. You may say it sounds as if I am in love with darkness and it would be hard for me to deny it. So, I will shout it from the rooftops, my secret love, free at last……..”

If you would like to buy the book   please go directly to the publisher’s website.

About Catherine

Although the book is published under my full name Catherine, I have, for most of my life, been known as Cathy. Somehow, ‘Catherine’ seemed more fitting and and a whole lot more grown up for my new identity as an author! But please, call me Cathy.

Having previously worked in social policy and research in the voluntary sector, I was ordained as a Presbyter in the Methodist Church in 1997. A Londoner to the core, I have worked in Tottenham, Kings Cross, and Marylebone (where I also served as part of the ecumenical Chaplaincy Team at the University of Westminster.) I am currently Superintendent of the Methodist Church in the London Borough of Hackney, where, among many things, I co-ordinate the movement to have Hackney accredited as a ‘Borough of Sanctuary’ as part of the national ‘City of Sanctuary’ campaign. I served for 15 years as part of the World Methodist Council during which I Chaired its Committee for Social and International Affairs and I am an experienced Spiritual Director and leader of retreats. I have also recently qualified as a life coach. I write liturgy and hymns and my work has been used widely in various forms of worship and published in ‘The Preacher’ (Journal of the College of Preachers), ‘Magnet’ and the Methodist Recorder.

If you would like to send me new material, discuss a project, a retreat, spiritual direction or coaching then please contact me.

Images of Darkness

Here are some of my favourite photographs – pictures I have taken in, and of, and about the dark. Please feel free to use them, I just ask that you credit me, or the named photographer, and let me know.