Author shares her pilgrimage experiences in print

An author who was born and bred in Wigan  is to publish another book.
Marilyn Parkes-SeddonMarilyn Parkes-Seddon
Marilyn Parkes-Seddon

Marilyn Parkes-Seddon is the author of one previous title ‘The Jonquil’ in 2019, which is about a yacht based on the Channel Islands.

Her newest work ‘Seeking the Scallop Shell’ is set to be published on October 21 and covers her time travelling with husband Malc.

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One chapter is devoted to St Edmund Arrowsmith of Ashton-in - Makerfield as well as other locations arounds Wigan, including in Standish and Bryn.

Marilyn Parkes-Seddon's new bookMarilyn Parkes-Seddon's new book
Marilyn Parkes-Seddon's new book

Marilyn, who now lives in Scotland in the village of Waterbeck after living in Poolstock and Standish for many years, said: “Although I now live in the Scottish Borders I was born and brought up in Wigan.

“After university I returned to work in Wigan where I spent 25 years as a manager in the council social services department.

“It was high-profile job and involved working closely with local people.

“To this end there may be people who remember me.

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“After finishing work because of ill health my husband and I moved to Scotland where I hoped a quieter lifestyle would be conductive to my recovery.”

She said her move to Scotland provided her with the opportunity to fulfil a long-held ambition to write.

It started in 2019 when her first novel published, while at the same time, she embarked on a long awaited odyssey which took more than two years.

She travelled along with Malc to 22 places of pilgrimage across the UK.

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And she said the whole experience proved fascinating on many levels including spiritually.

This inspired Marilyn to decide to write a journal of her travels and this has become the book due to be published which she hopes will be widely read.

She said: “Each chapter is a separate pilgrimage and describes the places, journey, people I met, scenery as well as telling a story of the pilgrim site with insights into the saints, and the history of pilgrimage especially in the dark ages and medieval


She added: “I’ve always wanted to write over many years, so it’s exciting to publish another book and hopefully it will be widely read and get good reviews.”

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