David Grieve

David Grieve is an Anglican priest, married with three grown-up children, who retired in 1989 at the age of 37 due to a breakdown. He writes poetry as both therapy and vocation.

David currently volunteers as a chaplain at Durham Cathedral, and is married to Jane, who is also a priest. He has had poetry published on many topics, including faith, health and vocation.

Photograph of David Grieve


The riddle of the ambushed mind, one day secure in health, shielded within well-being, nourished in a green pasture, refreshed by still waters and soul restored, yet the very next yet again plunged into the cloud of confusion, lost as on the fells without a signal and stranded in the mo…

Added about a year ago.

A Prayer for a Time Such as This

A prayer by David Grieve seeking light in the darkness of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Be present to me, Lord God, in dark hours of daylight. Attract my attention. Distract me from selfishness. Dare me to believe in the wisdom of the qualified and to distrust the enticeme…

Added about 4 years ago.

Thirty Years Later As I Walked

A brand new poem by David Grieve, author of Hope in Dark Places (our January #BookOfTheMonth) and Love in Thin Places. There’s a fellside very close to where I lived when health gave way And in that place, just the dog and I, I vented my fury against bloody God. …

Added about 4 years ago.

Blue Poetry for Blue Monday

GUEST BLOG: In this bluest month of the year, #BookOfTheMonth author David Grieve explains that there is still plenty of Hope in Dark Places. Blue Monday It’s a real and actual pleasure to prepare a Sacristy Press blog to go out in January 2020: that month, and coveri…

Added about 5 years ago.

Durham Cathedral at Dawn

GUEST BLOG: When poetry inspires painting – David Grieve, author of Love in Thin Places, tells us about a beautiful gesture from one of his readers. I was recently the speaker at a breakfast meeting with other men from Easington Deanery in Durham Diocese, talking for a few …

Added about 5 years ago.

Durham Thoughts from Egypt

GUEST BLOG: David Grieve, author of our new release Love in Thin Places, shares some thoughts on Durham Cathedral all the way from Hurghada, on the Red Sea, Egypt. Photo by Hajor (CC BY-SA). I'm not quite as far away from Durham as I have ever been, but this is some thou…

Added about 5 years ago.

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