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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...

V S NAIPAUL.

So today we learned of the passing of prize winning novelist V S Naipaul. When reading all the inevitable eulogies, spare a thought for his late wife Pat, whom he used and abused for many years. In a Telegraph article he even admits his cruel treatment of her may have hastened her early death. Pat Naipaul was a talented historian, and my History teacher in the 1960s at Haberdashers Askes Hatcham Girls School. At a school reunion a month ago, we...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Our Poem of the Week - second time in a row! - goes to Rosa Cruz's 'Seasons in the Sun' and Story of the Week to The Other Terrence Oblong for his wonderful 'The Trouser Problem'. Congratulations to both. https://www.abctales.com/story/rosa-cruz/seasons-sun https://www.abctales.com/story/other-terrence-oblong/trouser-problem Here's this week's Inspiration Point: https://www.abctales.com/inspiration-point-ip Finally, if you haven't seen the news...

ABC Tales Reading Night Saturday 22 September!

Posted by airyfairy on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 ABC TALES READING NIGHT IN YORK SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER We shall be having another of our fantastic ABC Reading Nights, this time at The Black Swan pub in York, on 22 September. It’s a wonderful chance to put faces to names, talk about writing and, best of all, hear our authors’ work read in their own voices. We start at 7pm, it’s free for the Readers and £5 entry for everyone else. You’re welcome to bring...

ABC Tales Reading Night

ABC TALES READING NIGHT IN YORK SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER! We shall be having another of our fantastic ABC Reading Nights, this time at The Black Swan pub in York, on 22 September. It’s a wonderful chance to put faces to names, talk about writing and, best of all, hear our authors’ work read in their own voices. We start at 7pm, it’s free for the Readers and £5 entry for everyone else. You’re welcome to bring friends and family members, but remember...

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Changes - a ramble

My background and that of my ancestors is real. It is also a forest, a forest that obscures the tree that is Elsie. And in a few weeks I shall uproot myself from the small seaside town where I have lived for 18 years. I'm shifting to Bournemouth. Why have two miles of golden sands when I can have seven? I shall be training to teach English as a foreign language. I don't know if I shall use my new training abroad or if I shall teach adult...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Story and Poem for the month of July very kindly chosen by Alex Smith (london_calling79): As Benvolio put it: ‘These hot days is the mad blood stirring.’ At this time of year there seems to be something in the air, maybe it’s Mercury in retrograde, morons in the White House or just the fact that it’s been too damn hot to sleep but I’m not complaining as this month has produced some phenomenal writing here on ABCTales. My pick for Poem of the...

If Beale Street Could Talk (Quote me)

A movie trailer popped up in my YouTube notifications titled If Beale Street Could Talk. Interesting, I thought. I played the trailer, saw it was a book adaptation and the name James Baldwin appeared on screen. I'm not ashamed to admit I'd never heard of it-- the book not the man-- but I'm glad I got a hold of a copy and could possibly entice you to do the same with quotes that spoke volumes in what was a quick and easy read. “I’m tired, and I’m...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

It's been a sad week on our site, with the loss of one of our own. Well Wisher has inspired many of you to write some brilliant fairytales - and this week's story of the week is one brimming with hope, Airyfairiy's magical two-parter, 'Round the Corner' - make sure your read both parts: https://www.abctales.com/story/airyfairy/round-corner-part-one https://www.abctales.com/story/airyfairy/round-corner-part-two Poem of the week is from the...

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