Pick of the day

Graduation Day

Elmhurst, Queens, Winter 1968

I was sitting in a front row balcony seat with my feet up on the railing; smoking a cigarette. Kool extra longs. It’s what my older brother Dave smoked. It would be my brand, as well. I was fourteen.

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Story of the week


Two stories about loneliness.Read more

Poem of the week

This October Brings Endings

Never liked October. Now I know why.   (Image from Wiki commons.)

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Story and Poem of the Month

September was a really great month on ABC Tales, with lots of new members and some fantastic work from both newcomers and regulars.  It's been a joy to go back and read so much good stuff, but choosing was very, very hard.  Read more

London Reading Event Coming Up!


It’s been a long time since the last once, but we’re pleased to announce that we have our next London reading event planned.

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Making a Voice/Video Recording

If you have your own SoundCloud or YouTube account you can link from that (they are easy to open accounts with if you don't), but we also have an ABCTales SoundCloud and YouTube account and if you want to email your file to admin@...Read more


We have had to suspend the automatic joining facility for a while so if you would like to join us please email admin@abctales.com with your desired username and we will set up an account for you. It's all free!

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'Waiting For Another Velvet Morning' by Julia Macpherson. Reviews!

This one is personal for a few of us on ABCTales. Julia (Overthetop1) was one of our much loved users as is her mother Coral (seashore).

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Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

Talking to My Mother

Talking to my mother

is easier now she is dead -

she’d put me into orbit but

I was more of a spin-off -

not an asteroid or meteorite

on a trajectory timed to return at

say Christmas or significant birthdays -

more of a flare

causing minor irritation and best set loose to cool off in space

where they say no one can hear you


if it wasn’t for my face -

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Land and Water - 1

Three stories connected by journeys.

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