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The Garden of Sadness

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Jul 2021

The Garden of Sadness is not a place anyone wants to go.

We’d prefer to be happy than sad, and so we try and avoid it.

Perhaps we feel we have to keep up a brave face for the sake of others…

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Being Simon

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Jul 2021

There are many ways to reflect on our lives.

One way is to consider the what, the how and the why of it all. I recently blogged about it here.

To recap, the ‘what’ of my life is what I want to be? What do I see as my offering to the world?...

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It's a security issue

Posted by Simon Parke, 12 Jul 2021

Sometimes, when we’re looking for security, we take ourselves to a prison.

It’s certainly secure, all bars and locks. But is it what we need?

We don’t always make the best choices when we feel insecure…

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The benefits of traffic calming

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Jul 2021

For a moment, and it need not be long

Turn away from entertainment and the consumption of news

And enter the beautiful wilderness that is silence

Stay there while the thought-traffic passes through…

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What is bad language?

Posted by Simon Parke, 29 Jun 2021

How are we to use language?

And yes, I’m aware of the absurdity of the question. Here I am having to use language to consider how we use it; which is like asking a wasp to explore how wasps should behave.

How far can it take us?

But keep faith, for as long as we keep language at arms length, and understand its limitations, we may just be all right.

Language, we might imagine, it pretty important…

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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.

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