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Story of the week

Ice Blue Eyes

Is she cold?
No, I don’t think she is. I think it’s only the eyes. But I’ve seen them when they cry, and I’ve seen her full of anger, full of grief, accusation. I know that she’s capable of passion. Her speech at the trial was filled with passion, her pale blue eyes were swimming, her voice was shrill, broken, harrowing. It sliced through the jury, through the judge, through the public gallery. Through me, of course. Through Ben.
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Poem of the week

the frog pond at equinox

the frog pool at equinox


a pool, of deep

brown velour,  

sumptuous folds

catch clouds in reverse,

a wish of sunlight

tucked in at the bottom


then movement –

ripples part, with peeping eyes

and a low rumble,

a damp call, and

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AI/Change of Terms of Use - Please Read

This is to let you all know that our Terms of Use section has now been updated to reflect our decision not to alllow the use of AI on our site.


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Very pleased to announce that the reading list for our upcoming virtual event on Saturday April 1st is now FULL!

We still have places in the audience but you must register here or you won't be allowed in:

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Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for February have very kindly been chosen by marandina:



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We have had to suspend the automatic joining facility for a while so if you would like to join us please email claudine@abctales.com(link sends e-mail) with your desired username and we will set up an...Read more

Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

The Lion's Mouth - Part 1

Venice in the 14th century was a hotbed of conspiracies and intrigues. The secret police had placed lion- shaped letter boxes on the walls of the city so that citizens could inform on one another if they believed treachery was being committed.

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The Shadows of Birds


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