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An endlessly debatable question.....

Posted by Harry Parke, 26 Mar 2017

What should art do? And what is good art?

I went through art education - I’ve heard lots of different takes on this.

I’m a big fan of Turner’s turbulent seascapes. He wants art that draws us in to a scene, and makes us feel the power of the earth’s forces - the haunting truth of our fragile mortality…..

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Remember Oxford?

Posted by Simon Parke, 24 Mar 2017

I’m back in Oxford.

I’m here for an interview with Radio Oxford. And we’ll be talking about my new historical novel, ‘The soldier, the gaoler, the spy and her lover.’

This is the idea at least, but you never quite know with interviewers. They will go where they want.

Oxford has its own history, of course…

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My miracle hand

Posted by Simon Parke, 22 Mar 2017

The miracle of my hand - though not all hilarity and joy

This wondrous and many-boned claw able to close, tighten and clench - see?

And then, behold again, able to open, I open it now, open hands, feel the fingers stretch…

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Cover of The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover

My latest novel, The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover, is published on 17 February by Marylebone House. It is January 30th, 1649. England is not a country that wishes to execute its divinely appointed king. Yet Charles I finds himself shivering on a cold scaffold in Whitehall, an executioner by his side. Charles wonders: how did this happen? Read more and pre-order your copy.

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In a contemplative climate, Simon offers the chance to reflect more deeply on this profound understanding of personality types, which both disturbs and liberates.

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