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Miriam and the courtyard mockery

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Apr 2019

For Holy Week, a fictionalised account of the courtyard mockery of Jesus before his crucifixion.

This scene is told through the eyes of Miriam. (Mary Magdalene.) I use the Aramaic version of Jesus - Yeshua.

I pace up and down, up and down. I pace like a mad woman outside the prison walls…

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Vincent, starry starry Isleworth

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Apr 2019

Vincent’s time in England was coming to an end. But he was still walking across London - walking and looking. He brought a painter’s loving eye to the sights he beheld; sights others might not have noticed.

I remember Acton Green…

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Vincent: Reviews and brief biography

Posted by Simon Parke, 12 Apr 2019

The Amazon page for my ‘Conversations with Vincent Van Gogh’ is presently fortunate enough to have only five star reviews. (Always a dangerous observation.)

Here are three of them, to give you a sense of the book; followed by a ‘Brief (but not shallow) Life’ of Vincent.

‘I loved this book.

Simon Parke manages the impossible here…

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The Should Be Bear

Posted by Simon Parke, 11 Apr 2019

Are you one of life’s wrestlers?

Some wrestle with events like Jacob in the desert; if it’s not one thing, then it’s another.

It’s like a fight with a bear, this struggle with life and how it should be…

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Vincent Van Gogh, maybe it's because I'm a Londoner

Posted by Simon Parke, 8 Apr 2019

Part Two of Van Gogh in England

Vincent’s first experience of London was working for Goupils, an art dealer. He was sent from their Hague branch, which was much more interesting than their London branch apparently. But he did enjoy the city.

‘I walked as much as I could in London. It was absolutely beautiful…

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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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