Northumbriana is a voluntary, non-profit-seeking project devoted to the study perpetuation and enrichment of the heritage of Northumberland (Tweed-Tyneside) and Northumbrians.
The magazine was launched in 1975 by its founder, Roland Bibby, its "frenzied editor", scribe, artist, sales distributor and treasurer until his untimely death in January 1997.
Much of the magazine's contents are drawn from writing and composing entries submitted each year to the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering competitions. These can be poems, prose, essays or plays, written in standard English or Northumbrian dialect. Musical compositions, tunes or songs, find room here.
Pleasingly, children have submitted entries of very high standard. Other articles covering a wide variety of subjects including architecture, traditional tales. folklore, music, archaeology humour, and reminiscences of the former way of life of Northumbnan farmers and fisherfolk. Last, but by no means least, the results of the Dialect Survey to date also appear.
Roland Bibby issued exactly 50 editions, which is a useful place to stop and take stock. It is fully intend to continue the magazine, once all the threads of a complicated project and distribution system have been unravelled.