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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...

Louise Welsh (2002 [2011]) The Cutting Room.

This is Louise Welsh’s debut novel and the first of her work I’ve read. That old cliché applies here, it won’t be the last. It’s great, up there with Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory . I’m biased that way and like things to be parochial and have resonance with people I know and places I recognise. The setting is just up the road, a square mile of Hyndland and Crow Road. Not may folk understand that Downhill is a place and not just a state of mind...

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POETRY MONTHLY

Poetry Monthly – November Hello all, Well, autumn is truly on us! But that’s a good opportunity to snuggle up or take brisk walks (or both) in order to get your creativity buzzing. October’s Poetry Monthly (Sincere Thanks and Farewell to Sentimental Items) had less posts than some months have had, but it still produced some impressive writing. Here are three poems to go back to: https://www.abctales.com/story/pencilflake/sincere-thanks-farewell-...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 17 Nov 2017 Two sad but thoughtful pieces for picks of the week. Poem of the week is the small but beautifully crafted, Dot, by John thornfield: https://www.abctales.com/story/john-thornfield/dot Story of the week is, Poppy, by gletherby: https://www.abctales.com/story/gletherby/poppy Here's the inspiration point - have fun! https://www.abctales.com/inspiration-point-ip Philip Sidney's blog

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Two sad but thoughtful pieces for picks of the week. Poem of the week is the small but beautifully crafted, Dot, by John thornfield: https://www.abctales.com/story/john-thornfield/dot Story of the week is, Poppy, by gletherby: https://www.abctales.com/story/gletherby/poppy Here's the inspiration point - have fun! https://www.abctales.com/inspiration-point-ip

The Post Office

Irene Station 2007

Leggings - Norwich Remembrance....

A river of humanity was moving towards the city hall from as far away as the furthest point of St Stephens,

Leggings - Armistice Weekend.

starts yesterday, and possibly will finish this bit tomorrow... if the online info is correct this time!

Lucy Grealy (1994) Autobiography of a Face. Ann Patchett (2004) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship.

I never read the same book twice, but this is my third, or fourth, reading of Lucy Grealy, Autobiography of a Face . Joyce Carol Oates may yammer on, in fictional terms, about her characters finding their one true thing, but for every David Bowie there’s millions of Davie Bowieless strumming a guitar and never making anything of their life or art. There’s more writers than people with cancer. One reading of these books (and there are many ways...

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