Pick of the day


I taught my babies to coo 

shaped pudgy mouths

to cry at their widening world.

I imparted RP speak

declined dastardly Latin

and conjugated schoolboy French

rrrrollled my R's in provincial Castellian 

dropped an haitch or two

for authentic East End jive.

Till my chicks flew the coop

taking all my words away

to string up their own sweet songs.
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Story of the week

Spit Out the Bugs in Your Mouth

Spit Out the Bugs in Your Mouth

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Poem of the week

Dog Whispers




The lean black dog -

a tail sharp and thin,

a snout like an oyster



wet, black, pulled

from the very depths of

his soul.



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Heroes: 10 Poems from the New Generation of War Poets

ABCtaler John Giffard (http://www.abctales.com/user/john-giffard) has written one of the poems in this new anthology. Heroes, 100 Poems from the New Generation of War Poets. Edited by John Jeffries.

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An interview with Laurie Avadis, author of Ex

As many of you know by now, Laurie Avadis (better known here as lavadis) is one of three ABC authors currently crowdfunding the publication of a novel on Unbound.

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Thanks to those who have supported our Unbound authors but more needed!

A massive thankyou to all of you who have supported our three Unbound authors - they're doing really well but all need more support! There's also Jennifer Pickup's (Jennifer on ABCtales.com) Unforgivable, the follow up to her sensationally good Unbelieveable.

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National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Books announce New Children’s Author Prize 2015 for unpublished authors

A new writing competition to find the “next big thing” in children’s
literature has being launched by the National Literacy Trust in partnership
with Bloomsbury. The New Children’s Author Prize is set to unearth

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