Hear Jonathan Stedall read his heartfelt poems and meditations on death, bereavement and hope. No Shore Too Far is now available in this CD format, and also as a free download below.
‘The poems are beautiful, poignant and inspiring’—Stephen Gawtry, Managing Editor, Watkins Mind Body Spirit
‘While I’m not in the least a competent critic or connoisseur of poetry, I very much appreciate the simple clarity and warm transparency of their style, the sincerity of their vision.’—Richard Tarnas, author of The Passion of the Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche
‘It sounds odd to say 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
Jonathan Stedall has made documentary films for over fifty years, mainly at the BBC. There he worked with john Betjeman, Laurens van der Post, Cecil Collins, Malcolm Muggeridge, Alan Bennet, Ron Eyre, Bernard Lovell, Theodore Roszak, E.F. Shumacher, Mark Tully and Ben Okri. He has also directed major biographies on Tolstoy, Gandhi, C.G. Jung and Rudolf Steiner. His film about a Camphill school in Scotland for children with special needs won a British Film Academy Award in 1968, and later work was nominated by BAFTA and the Broadcasting Press Guild. His book Where on Earth is Heaven?, published by Hawthorn Press in 2009, was singled out by John Cleese as ‘The most annoying book I have ever read, as the author seems to have had a more interesting life than I’ve had.’
‘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
‘ … 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
‘The ones I have read are just lovely, simple, funny, and say in simple words what I strive to say.’—Hermione Legg
‘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
The poems are available free of charge in the following formats:
A convenient single file with chapter markers that is understood by most modern computer audio players like iTunes. Android devices may need an app to play M4B files correctly.
File size: ~100MB
Contains one MP3 per section. After downloading you need to unpack its contents in order to use it.
File size: ~800MB