Pick of the day

In Memoria Canis

A year to the day since our Springer Spaniel died; The human condition is such that I still miss him. I'd written some thoughts then, which I've revised here. 

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Story of the week

The Portrush Flyer

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Poem of the week

Our Soil

Peep of green/ grand daughter/doodle

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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by onemorething:

Oh dear! How can I be expected to choose Picks of the Week when the site is awash with great writing? 

Some highlights though: 

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Beastie: A gritty and hard hitting novel set in 1970's Scotland by Jack O'Donnell (ABCTales celticman). Out Now!

I'm very pleased to announce the publication of our very own celticman's new novel Beastie

A gritty and hard hitting novel set in 1970's Scotland.

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Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of January, very kindly chosen by RJNewlyn:

Pick of the month January 2024


I suspect most of us find January a hard month for inspiration, so well done to everyone who’s bucked the trend. 

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Getting Published - The Nitty Gritty

We have so many talented writers and poets on ABCTales. I don't think a week goes by without someone announcing that they've got a book coming out.

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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

Posting From Your Android Phone - Fixed!

Some of you have been having issues with posting your work using an android phone. Ewan and John our techie have been working really hard to fix this.

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Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

Uncle John's Popemobile.

Black specks were moving on the stacked plates of uneaten leftovers and the casual smears of a man that had tried to tidy up. Casualties lay on the scum of pots sunk in the sink and were building a bridgehead. Some were under the sink. Others made a wavy line to the bread-bin. The lid wobbled like a hat on the wrong head. Uncle John was a great man for bargains.

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Act! A Poem for Basildon


Looking from the window above, like a story of love. Can you hear me?

 — Yazoo, Only You. 1982

I'm lonely here. There are no poets here. Oh yes, one or two. There's always one or two but, mostly only makers of money.

— Arnold Wesker, Beorhtel’s Hill. A play for Basildon. 1989


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