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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...

Henry and June by Anais Nin

'He sleeps in my arms, we are welded, his penis still in me.' Don't waste your time with the 50 shades series, Anais is the real deal. Born in 1903,her first book of poetry was entitled House of Incest - I have not read it but how the heck did she get it published in 1936? Henry and June is her diary, written up later as a book. Anais is in Paris, it is 1931, she is married to Hugo. She meets the author Henry Miller, his woman June, yes - with...

Growing up in Scotland, BBC 1, director and writer Liam McArdle.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08gd0gc/growing-up-in-scotland-a-century-of-childhood-series-1-1-education This is fantastic viewing. I wasn’t about in the 16 th Century when John Knox thought it a good idea that every village and every Kirk should have a schoolteacher, and every child should be able to read god’s word in the bible as a bastion against Popery. Until fairly recently that was the model of schooling for many children in...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

This week chosen by airyfairy: Our Story of the Week comes from a writer new to ABC Tales. LJ Huxton's 'Liminal' is a rich, evocative exploration of past echoes and present relationships. Please do read it if you haven't done so already: https://www.abctales.com/story/ljhuxton/liminal Our Poem of the Week shares the theme of memory and times lost. Accidentally Existing's beautiful 'Forgotten Copse' deals wryly with the disappointment change can...

Poem and Story Of The Week and Inspiration Point

Our Story of the Week comes from a writer new to ABC Tales. LJ Huxton's 'Liminal' is a rich, evocative exploration of past echoes and present relationships. Please do read it if you haven't done so already: https://www.abctales.com/story/ljhuxton/liminal Our Poem of the Week shares the theme of memory and times lost. Accidentally Existing's beautiful 'Forgotten Copse' deals wryly with the disappointment change can bring, but also looks forward...

Elena Ferrante (2016) Frantumaglia. A Writer’s Journey.

All writers are historians. Subject and object. Subjecting what we know with what other people know. In other words, we read to write. We look for resonance in our writing and our reading. And sometimes somebody says it better and you’ve just got to acknowledge mastery. This is an honest book, a beautiful book in so many ways. When I start taking notes— Papers: 1991-2003; Tesserae 2003-2007; Letters 2011-2016—I find that I’ve copied word for...

I only have half a Post Office

Yes, that's right. Together with the rest of Exmouth I now only have half a Central Post Office. It moved into W.H.Smiths a couple of days ago and is now half its former size. I went in today to buy a stamp to post an important document. Where are all the old staff? Where's Dave, where's Claire. This lot are new faces. Yes I can see they have been trained to smile their little socks off and come out with loads of friendly patter, but.. Ah I see...

I Am Not A Serial Killer

I want to scream about this book, out of pure joy, pleasure and excitement. I want to write pages about why you should invest in a fifteen year old boy named John Wayne Cleaver who lives life feeling like a fraud every day. But I'm going to try and convince you in a different way, with 10 quotes for every reason you should pick up the thriller, I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells. 1. '"Serial killers are usually--virtually always, in fact--...

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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

This week from Philip Sidney: Another bumper crop of fabulous pieces this week. Celticman's, 'Grimms', goes from strength to strength and Skinner_Jennifer has a cracking love story in four episodes called, 'Sir There's a Waiter in my Wine.' Story of the Week goes to Stephen Thom's noir in the snow, 'Flare'. It is very dark, shot through with gorgeous imagery, and a great thriller to boot: https://www.abctales.com/story/stephen-thom/flare Poem of...

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