David William Parry

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David William Parry
David William Parry at TEAS
David William Parry at TEAS, 2011
Born (1958-08-25) August 25, 1958 (age 56)
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality British
Citizenship British
Education Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology
Alma mater Heythrop College
Period 2004 - 2014
Genre Prose-Poetry
Years active 1996–present

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David William Parry (born 25 August 1958), is a published author, poet, dramaturge, Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and Quagan. He was the founder and chair of Gruntlers' Group.

In the early eighties he moved to London from Fareham in Hampshire.[1] After living in South London for a few years, he graduated in religious studies at King's College London (1990). Later, in 1996, he obtained a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College, London.


Parry was teaching contemporary English literature, drama, language and semantics. He has given readings as a poet and practising Heathen; delivered lectures, offered sermons and performed public rituals across the United Kingdom since 1996.

Parry founded Gruntlers' in 2008 as a loosely connected group of "Imagist" writers. By November 2009 this group had developed into "Gruntlers' Arts Group", which staged regular multimedia events at the Poetry Place in Covent Garden.

Also, as producer, director and an actor in Gruntlers' Cabaret, he helped to develop Gruntlers Theatre, which performed the "The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and The Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah", written by Mirza Fatali Akhundov,[2][3][4] in 2010 at the "Arts Educational School", where he played the character of "Lord Hatamkhan". In the late autumn of the same year, Gruntlers' introduced Imadaddin Nasimi to the English speaking public at Pushkin House, London.[5] In December 2011, he directed the first English language production of "Shakespeare: a comedy in ten scenes, both serious and tragic" (by the Azerbajiani playwright Elchin Afandiyev).[6] Gruntlers' were a three pronged Arts Collective, consisting of a Theatrical Company, a literary salon and an international multimedia cabaret. In the tradition of DaDa, Absurdism and Surrealism, the principal intention of Gruntlers' Theatre was to promote Fringe arts[7] in a contemporary setting.

Gruntlers' finished in 2012 and Parry started "Allting UK", to promote Literature and the Arts. Following financial problems, however, this company has now become Theo-Humanist Arts Ltd.

Recently, he wrote “A preface with smoke and mirrors” as an introduction to Elchin's first collection of plays in English.

Since 2013, David started additional career as a producer at The Azerbaijan Russian State Theatre.

2/06/2013 – 3 June 2013 David Parry co-convened an academic conference "Quest of the Heart" with Dr. Minna Koivuniemi, where he read an academic paper, entitled "Henrik Ibsen, Love and the Staging of Kierkegaard's World View". Conference was co-sponsored by the University of Helsinki and University of London.

7/2013 David Parry produced Elchin Afandief's theatre play "Citizens of Hell", which was reviewed by Digital Journal.

In January 2014, David was made a celebrant for the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants (FOIC). This makes him the first recognised Godhi in United Kingdom with authority to officiate at weddings, funerals, and Child Namings.

On top of this, David has recently extended the reach of Theo-Humanist Arts by co-hosting on the alternative podcast show THA Talks with Paul Obertelli. Furthermore, reviving his credentials in British Surrealism, David has started to co-produce, occasionally write, and direct, for Inlight TV, internet television station.

Academic Forums[edit]

David Parry is regular participant at Mount Athos Forum – "The Unique Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of Modern World".

Since 2011 he has been regular round table panellist, contributing academic papers:

  • 2011 – "Images of Mount Athos in English Literature", (Salzburg, Austria).
  • 2012 – "The influence of Athos in the Arts", (Weimar, Germany).
  • 2013 – "Orthodoxy, Askesis, and Traditionalist Themes in English Literature", (Belgrade, Serbia).
  • 2013 – Panellist at "Modern Mass media and new Challenges" at Baku International Humanitarian Forum.


Parry has published a number of reviews, experimental essaysand literary introductions, including:

  • Two prose-poetry collections: "Caliban's Redemption"[8] (Mandrake 2004 / Finatran),
  • "The Grammar of Witchcraft"[9] (Mandrake 2009),
  • Gulvin's "The theory of Marriage", (2009)
  • Akhundov's "Botanist Monsieur Jordan and the Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah", (2010)
  • "Elchin: My favourite Madman and other Plays", (2012)
  • "National Anarchism: Methodology and Application" (2013) – Essay entitled "Heathenism and Tradition of Dissent"
  • TEAS Magazine June 2012 (Page 13) – "Getting 'The Hump' at Eurovision"

TV and media[edit]


Parry has been reviewed by Stefan Isaksson, Richard Rudgley, Charlotte Rodgers and Dr. Bernard Hoose.


  1. ^ "Interview with David Parry","'today.az'". 
  2. ^ AZ magazine article "AZ Magazine". 
  3. ^ "The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and the Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah" on ' "Today.az". 
  4. ^ "The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and the Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah" on ' "Today.az (different review)". 
  5. ^ 'Introduction of Imadaddin Nasimi,' "today.az". 
  6. ^ "Elchin's "Shakespeare" by Gruntlers". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gruntlers as part of London Alternative Fringe Festival". 
  8. ^ David Parry (1 April 2004). Caliban's Redemption. Mandrake. ISBN 978-1-869928-75-9. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  9. ^ David William Parry (3 November 2009). The Grammar of Witchcraft. Mandrake of Oxford. ISBN 978-1-906958-05-3. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 

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