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Life - in three words

Posted by Simon Parke, 25 Jan 2021

What is life in three words?

Life is process - and therefore a changing shape before our eyes, with nothing fixed.

We cannot grasp it, for that would be like grasping water; like taking hold of air.

By the time our mind locks onto an image, the image has changed…

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Home-working. Is this the future?

Posted by Simon Parke, 19 Jan 2021

What are your feelings about home working? Are you missing the office? Or delighted to be away?

Some of those I work with, like nurses and doctors, would like to see a great deal less of their work place currently. The ‘luxury’ of home-working is not available.

While one commuter is enjoying being given back his twenty hours of travel every week…

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A refreshing lockdown walk with Hildegard

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Jan 2021

In these lockdown times, I am allowed to take a walk with one person from another household.

And so, with due social distancing, and wary of the police, I take a walk with Hildegard of Bingen, nine centuries outside my support bubble; though still somehow part of it. (It’s OK - ghosts are quite legal in support bubbles.)

And I discover along the way that…

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My 2012 talk on solitude at Greenbelt - Part 4

Posted by Simon Parke, 8 Jan 2021

So here we are, in our final episode, thinking about the quality of our solitude because solitude is not a place but a quality.

And one way to test our solitude is to reflect on the nature of our silence. So as we listen to our silence now, what are we identifying with?...

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My 2012 Greenbelt talk on solitude - Part 3

Posted by Simon Parke, 8 Jan 2021

This is part three of my 2012 talk at Greenbelt on solitude.

And we start with a further irony about my book on the subject: it’s a conversation. Really?

It didn’t start out that way, but by the third draft it was a partial conversation and by the 4th draft, all conversation.

It was still all conversation after the 8th draft; and this is true to life…

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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.


An audio version of my quiet day at the Medatio Centre in London. Sit back, self-isolate and enjoy... and pause when necessary. The truth may be in the pause...


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