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Homecoming

23 May 2024 | by Roger Iredale

'It was a memory imprinted on our souls in childhood. Returning to it now is sadly close to coming home.' | Guernica

Eyeless in the midst of chaos are the giants of concrete: windows shattered, knees bent beyond repair. Testaments to bombs and shells.  An authentic, new reality.

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I take my anger to Meetings

16 May 2024 | by Jane Short

'I take my anger to Meetings. He sits next to me.' | by Lucaxx Freire on Unsplash

I take my anger to Meetings. He sits next to me. (On the left, actually) An urchin With greasy hair and grubby fingers His knees grey with ingrained dirt

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Illegal deposit

09 May 2024 | by Rosemary Mathew

'Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Blinking your eye. Avoiding from fear, embarrassment, pity, shame…' | by AR on Unsplash

What’s the law on loitering? (with or without intent?) Does he commit offence, who summer, autumn, winter, spring, swings his soiled sleeping bag into a shop doorway and curls inside it in a drug-drenched sleep?

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Playing God: Science, religion and the future of humanity, by Nick Spencer & Hannah Waite

09 May 2024 | by Simon Webb

'Playing God begins with a walk in the park...the walkers were Albert Einstein and the Belgian scientist Georges Lemaître.' | Book title of Playing God: Science, religion and the future of humanity, by Nick Spencer & Hannah Waite

Playing God begins with a walk in the park. The walk took place in Brussels in 1927; the walkers were Albert Einstein and the Belgian scientist Georges Lemaître. The pair discussed Lemaître’s discovery that the way galaxies move in the night sky could be explained if we accept...

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Youth hostelling in Normandy

02 May 2024 | by Roger Iredale

'We pedalled stoically over Normandy as wind plucked cuffs and panniers, barns hosted us.' | Didier Weemaels on Unsplash

The Paris gendarme whimsically dropped round David’s neck a garland he’d found, and waved us on. We pedalled stoically over Normandy as wind plucked cuffs and panniers, barns hosted us. Till one night, sleeping in a ruined chateau guarded by a ghostly widow, who led us down dark...

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Madonna and child

25 April 2024 | by Jenny Webb

'And there was love, and peace, and hope And all was well and would be well' |

In just a heartbeat Space dissolves And time stands still And oh! the ecstasy, the thrill In that dissolving unity That tender gaze… A blink before the birth of fear When cruelty was a distant cloud A devil’s joke And there was love, and peace, and hope And all...

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A Disabled Apostle: Impairment and disability in the letters of Paul, by Isaac Soon

25 April 2024 | by Simon Webb

'Paul, he asserts, believed that he was sharing his body with an angel of Satan.' | Book cover of A Disabled Apostle: Impairment and disability in the letters of Paul, by Isaac Soon

When he wrote his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul felt compelled to tell his correspondents about what he called the ‘thorn’ in his ‘flesh’, a mysterious ailment that has long puzzled readers. Isaac Soon’s book is the first to be devoted to this enigmatic complaint, and to other...

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Alison Lapper: Lost in Parys

18 April 2024 | by Rowena Loverance

‘Spending time with Alison’s grief is a harrowing experience.’ | Image: Nothing left to give, by Alison Lapper

There was depressing news recently for the creative arts in the UK, as the government cut funding for performing and creative arts courses at English universities. All the more reason, then, to celebrate a new initiative to encourage young people’s engagement with the arts, focusing on how art can...

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Confession

18 April 2024 | by Harvey Gillman | 1 comment

'Let us hold each other in the light and the earth on which we stand.' | by Lucas Myers on Unsplash

I come to a place of light in an ocean of darkness. They said: Stand still in the light, submit to its power. When temptation came and troubles appeared I was to sink to the bright seed. Troubles would be hushed and darkness fly away.

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Bayard Rustin: A legacy of protest and politics, ed by Michael G Long

11 April 2024 | by Simon Webb

‘His contribution went far beyond organising the sandwiches.’ | Book cover of Bayard Rustin: A legacy of protest and politics, ed by Michael G Long

Everybody knows something about the 1963 March On Washington, when Martin Luther King delivered his powerful ‘I have a dream’ speech. Fewer people know that it was organised by a black Quaker, Bayard Rustin. This new book of essays on Rustin reveals how, over five decades of activism, Bayard did even...

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