Marian Partington was born in Oxford UK in 1948. She is a British author of the acclaimed Guardian essay, Salvaging the Sacred (1996, Quaker Books 2004) and If You Sit Very Still (Vala 2012/Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2016) which was chosen by Rowan Williams (Former Archbishop of Canterbury) as his Book of the Year for the Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman in 2012. Marian has always been engaged with healing, in her work as a homœopath for thirty years, in prisons and schools as a story teller and facilitator for the Forgiveness Project (www.theforgivenessproject.com) since 2005, and as a writer. In 2015 she was a community sabbaticant at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria BC Canada for 3 months, researching into indigenous approaches to traumatic loss, restorative justice and reconciliation. She continues to engage with the territory of traumatic loss, brutality and the restoration of the human spirit within and without.