Arts Articles

Some broader current?

13 December 2018 | by Stephen Cox | 2 comments

Quote by Stephen Cox. | Tim Mossholder via

‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ I realise some writers call this a bad question – certainly an annoying one, since it is so common. Yet it’s an honest one: a seeking after truth.

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08 November 2018 | by Chris Lawson

'...she has composed music that fits the words and sentiments.' | David King / flickr CC.

And we are only justified in going on living if our futures manifest at every point and at all times a heroism equal to those killed in battle. The above words are based on the thoughts of Corder Catchpool in 1919 which Emily Feldberg uses in the concluding section of her...

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Let your life speak

08 November 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

Sara Barnard has appeared in the Friend before – at the age of eleven her poem ‘See God’ was published in the magazine. Fast forward to today and the former attender at Winchmore Hill Children’s Meeting is a successful Young Adult writer on the shortlist for the coveted YA Book...

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Wordless Knowing

25 October 2018 | by Joyce Gee

'As a small child I loved wandering / In fields of wild flowers, insects and bees ...' | via

I am eighty-eight years old And much has changed In my inner and outer life But what has not changed Is that from a very early age I sensed a wordless knowing That I am a small evolving part Of the Creative whole Of Inner and outer existence An existence...

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Sing John Ball

04 October 2018 | by Peter Boyce

I suggest that the phrase ‘Quakers believe everyone is equal’ needs the concluding words: ‘before God.’ It then stands as a fundamental Quaker belief. The problem in adding Jesus as a fundamental, I feel, is that we are straying into avoidable dogma, as some believe and some don’t. The...

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Staging a Meeting

27 September 2018 | by Rowena Loverance

Left: Charlotte Jones. Right: The stage set for 'The Meeting'. | Helen Maybanks.

How does your average audience member respond when they enter a theatre and find a Quaker Meeting in progress on the stage? They chat to their neighbour and fiddle with their phone, presumably. But no, apparently not. Rather, they fall silent and uphold the Meeting. And maybe, even, this reflective...

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My Old Execrable

27 September 2018 | by Gillian Allnutt

And the earth gave way unexpectedly like a newly arthritic knee and left me

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Life in uncertainty

13 September 2018 | by Bob Morley

'See here – a new born child / Created by love into the world.' | GioRetti / flickr CC.

See here – a new born child Created by love into the world. Brought from timeless eternity Into uncertainty. The illusion of time and space Now fuels the human race, Needing an identity in every place, Creating uncertainty.

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The email and the picture / The picture and the email

06 September 2018 | by Mick Bow

'Then The Beloved showed me a picture of / – A beautiful, breathing, flexing Pearl...' | Elinor Smallman.

The email and the picture Aaaargghhhh! They’ve done it again! What a ridiculous email! Don’t they think about others?!! Why doesn’t someone speak to them?!!!

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In Quaker Meeting

09 August 2018 | by Lesley Morris

'Breathe the natural order' | Julio Ribeiro / flicker cc.

this morning I practise sitting still in the top of a tree legs abreeze

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