Jonathan Stedall


Meditations on death, bereavement, and hope is how the author describes these poems, written since the death of his wife in the autumn of 2014.

These are profoundly spiritual poems, written in non-religious language... Underpinning it all lies a quiet knowing that there is 'no shore too far'... I found this to be the most beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking book of poetry I have read in a long time.

Judy Clinton

Your words - simple, elegant and beautifully poignant - are rich with inspiration and tenderness... I hope to revisit them often.

Nayyer Hussain

It sounds odd to say it of such a profound book, rather than of a thriller, but I couldn't put it down. The poems are beautiful - simple, clear, honest, moving.

Craig Brown, critic and satirist

Jackie is present in so much of what you write - your grief, her smile, the love of nature you shared. And above all, the feeling that she is there in another dimension. They are such honest poems; they made me laugh and cry.

Mary Anne Sutherland, family friend.

...a refreshing lack of pretension (true of your films, too, as I remember).

Stephen Cross, writer and film director

I find your limpidity of style wonderful - that you have found a way just to speak openly, directly, wisely and from the heart … a way whereby your profound inner experiences and questionings could find a way ‘out’ - onto paper.

Richard Ramsbotham, theatre director and writer

William Blake and Emily Dickinson … you have the same gift of expressing deep thoughts in seemingly simple language.

Christopher Ralling, film director.

I have been gently, quietly reading some of the poems and am so moved. You have a rare gift of being able to express in words exactly what you feel, experience and think. Each poem is a rich source for meditation, and I am so glad you are sharing them with others.

James Roose-Evans, theatre director, priest, and writer on experimental theatre, ritual and meditation

The ones I have read are just lovely, simple, funny, and say in simple words what I strive to say.

Hermione Legg

The poems are beautiful, poignant and inspiring.

Stephen Gawtry, Managing Editor, Watkins Mind Body Spirit

These are honest poems, without pretension, that marry deep feeling andf thoughtfullness, opening us towards a sense (so difficult to articulate) of another level of reality.

Jeremy Naydler, author of 'Goethe on Science' and 'Gardening as a Sacred Art

I very much appreciate the simple clarity and sincerity of vision.

Richard Tarnas, author of 'Cosmos and Psyche' and 'The Passion of the Western Mind'

No Shore Too Far cover

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