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How to change the world - and not die in the attempt

Posted by Simon Parke, 4 May 2021

If you desire to change the world, I have a suggestion:

Don’t desire to change the world. It never ends well.

It’s a natural enough wish; it’s almost in the DNA of some of us.

We get up in the morning and there it is: our need to change the world. And how can something so right be wrong?...

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Doctor Johnson

Posted by Simon Parke, 27 Apr 2021

They say Doctor Johnson is a liar

But give him a break, I say, he gets things done, I say.

Breaking away from that old practice in town, run by that Johnny Foreigner fellow, he said it would be ‘rip-roaringly better’

And yes, of course there’s been a bit of bother, appointments cancelled, care compromised, lives lost

But that’s not the point, it really isn’t…

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These daily borderlines

Posted by Simon Parke, 20 Apr 2021

Each day, we arrive at the border line, it’s not always well-marked

The border line between health and decline, between loveliness and loveliness lost

Between caring and needy

Confidence and hubris

Between forethought and anxiety…

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Chasing the dream

Posted by Simon Parke, 14 Apr 2021

I came across my dream in the forest

Saw her clear, and knew her well, though also less than well

Not having seen her before, not so close, not in the flesh - more an idea, a notion

You know how it is with dreams - something other than this, whatever this is, here before me now…

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After the fire

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Apr 2021

After the fire, when the flames have died, stand still with what was

If the ash still smokes in the morning dew, rake it gently over

As the robin watches on and a leaf scuttles by…

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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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