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A love letter to the fearful

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Sep 2019

There was a monk who pestered Buddha about the finer points of life, philosophy and the universe.

He felt that Buddha had the answers, and with a little more knowledge, all would be sorted.

Clearly he couldn’t make any commitments yet…

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Emptying the illusion cart

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Sep 2019

When wealthy English families in India were escaping at the end of British rule, their essential possessions were piled high in hurriedly-arranged carts.

Though the journeys were often long and fraught; and by the end, very few of their essential possessions remained on board…

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Proroguing parliament and other stories

Posted by Simon Parke, 12 Sep 2019

Who would have imagined the king of England in prison? No one! It was impossible! God’s anointed one in gaol?

Yet this is where Charles 1st finds himself in 1647, incarcerated variously in Hampton Court, then Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight and finally, a brief stay in Hurst Castle.

And he was imprisoned mainly for his lies, which we’ll get to…

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After the fire

Posted by Simon Parke, 11 Sep 2019

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

The embers still flicker, a defiant echo of yesterday’s blaze…

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Prism life

Posted by Simon Parke, 10 Sep 2019

It’s no fun going to prism.

It means the loss of freedom, the loss of honesty, and with those gone, there’s not much left.

We’re in prism when we see everything through one set of lenses and must therefore contort truth to make it fit; or avoid the truth completely.

If you’ve listened to the Labour MP’s Barry Gardiner or Rebecca Long-Bailey - or any member of the present Tory cabinet, you may know what I mean…

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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.

Cover of Another Bloody Retreat

In the first of my Abbot Peter mysteries, in a prequel to the Abbot’s Stormhaven adventures, Peter takes us back to the monastery of St James-the-Less. There in the shadows of Mt Sinai, Abbot Peter faces a discomforting cocktail of deception, delusion and death.


Julian of Norwich was the most remarkable of the 14th century mystics, whose Revelations of Divine Love has only grown in substance down the centuries. On this retreat, in a contemplative spirit, we sit with Julian in her cell in 14th century England, listening both to the remarkable times in which she lived; and to her life, her words and her soul.

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