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Beauty, this temptress

Posted by Simon Parke, 14 Jun 2021

Beauty is such a temptress

Wherever I go

She flirts with me…

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Should I stay or should I go?

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Jun 2021

My recent novel Gospel, Rumours of Love opens with Yeshua walking away from Nazareth. He is leaving.

He has no idea what lies ahead; he just knows he has to go, that he cannot stay – and that is enough…

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Anxiety/gratitude

Posted by Simon Parke, 28 May 2021

Anxiety cannot be banished; it has the keys to our house.

But we need not offer it cakes and a comfy chair when it comes to call, as if it owns the place.

When in residence, he encourages us to scan the horizon and mutter nonsense like, ‘Well how can I not worry?!’ or ‘It’s only because I care.’

We know from experience anxiety is a cheerless, restless house guest…

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Ian Wright - and the abuse story

Posted by Simon Parke, 24 May 2021

Ian Wright, the footballer, recently made a powerful documentary for the BBC about abuse at home. He started with his own experiences as a child.

It’s neither a simple or easy subject…

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Strong pillars falling

Posted by Simon Parke, 21 May 2021

What is there to write when the walls have collapsed, strong pillars falling?

What words to make and measure, when structures are holed and solid foundations sudden sand?

I may be dead in the rubble, I was never told the clues to look out for –

‘When dead, proceed towards the light. If there’s no light – await instructions’...

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Cover of Gospel: Rumours of Love

‘Meet Jesus unplugged,’ writes former Fleet Street editor, Richard Addis, after reading Simon’s latest novel, Gospel: Rumours of Love. ‘In a stunning act of imagination, Simon Parke shatters every stained glass window in your mind.’

Cover of Solitude

In Solitude: Recovering the power of alone, Simon describes solitude as the active path to inner silence and takes us on an enthralling journey there. In a world of haste and distraction, he commends the way of stillness and withdrawal where we can ‘recover the power of alone’.

Cover of The Secret Testament of Julian

Julian of Norwich, contemporary of both Chaucer and Langland, was the first woman to write a book in English. Yet remarkably, she disappeared from view for 600 years, before her rediscovery in the 20th century. My new novel is Julian’s own telling of her life.

 
ALL SHALL BE WELL: THE MUSICAL
Julian of Norwich

I've been working with musical theatre composer Martin Hoile on a musical based on the life and work of Julian of Norwich. Hear the songs and read about the musical here: All Shall Be Well.

SIMON'S NEXT RETREAT

Based loosely on my recent novel, Gospel, Rumours of Love, here is a retreat around our perception of, and relationship with, Jesus. Is this your moment, in a safe space, to behold the man afresh?

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