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ABCtales Critiquing Service - good reports!

Over the years many of you have asked for a critiquing service and it has taken a long time to find (a) someone good enough to do it well and (b) someone who will charge what we regard as a reasonable fee. Finally, we've done it! Lorraine Mace is a freelance writer, columnist and tutor for the Writers Bureau. Winner of the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition (comic verse category), Lorraine's fiction, features and humour have appeared...

Free book

I wrote this book for my university degree, I 'm going to give it away for free Tuesday 20th Aug to 25th as a Kindle book, then retire it, so that will be the last chance to get it. https://amzn.to/2KRbH9D The link is a UK link, but the book is available everywhere. Just search your country Amazon.

I own an old church in the scottish highlands

My wife and I bought an old church a year ago, we live in it and hope to turn it into an arts and language venue. We are also holding poetry nights and writing retreats! www . lochcarronchurch .com One problem is, it needs a new roof! It is an interesting story as about 13 years ago the church was hacked from the graveyard and sold. So it is like a private island in the middle of a council graveyard. Luckily we have electric, but other than that...

Serhii Plokhy (2019) Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy.

Serhii Plokhy’s history of Chernobyl won the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2018. He tells us what happened when reactor No 4 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant, named after Vladimir Lenin, exploded after what should have been a routine maintenance test on 26 th April 1986. First to arrive where firemen, who hooked up their hoses and treated it as a routine fire, no immediate threat to the around 5000 workers and their families living...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 16 Aug 2019 It's been a brilliant week on ABC. Not only have we had some wonderful work, but in response to the IP writers have been reading out their work either on their own Soundcloud or on the ABC Soundcloud account. Please keep doing it!

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

It's been a brilliant week on ABC. Not only have we had some wonderful work, but in response to the IP writers have been reading out their work either on their own Soundcloud or on the ABC Soundcloud account. Please keep doing it! Our Story of the Week is insertponceyfrenchnamehere's lovely 'Katy, A Ghost Story'. Insert is usually to be found commenting on other people's work and providing invaluable assistance to our new and existing members on...

Clean out

I'm having a clean out. Lots of my older stuff will be removed shortly. A lot of it hasn't been looked at in years anyway - and some of it is a bit iffy. So don't worry, I haven't spat the dummy. I'm just spring cleaning - even though it's not spring.

When Bridges Collapse: The Genoa Disaster, BBC 2, 9pm, BBC iPlayer, directed by Martin Gorst

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0007mxm/when-bridges-collapse-the... Forty-three people died, scores more were injured and 600 people lost their home when the Polcevera Bridge in Genoa collapsed on 14th August 2018. One survivor described how the road disappeared before him and it was like being in a cartoon. It was Italy’s worst ever road-bridge disaster. A design fault that allowed water to pool and steel cables to fray was blamed, but...

Nathan Filer (2013) The Shock of the Fall.

I’ve read this book before, but didn’t remember until I started reading it again. My memories like that, full of wormwood and dark holes. Most folks are that’s why we use terms like short-term and long-term and even working–memory and other types of memory that often doesn’t work. Types I’ve instantly forgotten, but no matter. We usually judge ourselves to be reliable narrators of our own lives, able to judge what is and what is not with...

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@abctales.com we will happily upload it for you and put a link on your poem or story. For mobile phones you can get apps for the above - also recommended is one called Hi-Q: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=...

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