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Giving new writers a chance - Radio 4 should help us

Radio 4 is our only well-known channel which is about words not music. Where do they get their material from? The formats often feel 'tired' and threadbare. How do 'us lot' get in there? I suspect unless we are very lucky or a known name our work sinks to the bottom of a barely glanced at submissions pile. Could one of our editors approach them and get a regular half hour, call it 'easy as Abc?' or something. It would be win-win because Radio 4...

Leggings – Nightly Wakey-Wakey!

The horribles are expecting some goodies soon, perhaps in my name or one I prevously used before being hidden. I know this because I'm being kept seriously awake night and day.

READING NIGHT UPDATE

This is shaping up to be a brilliant evening. Readers include the magnificent Sim, Philip Sidney, noo, airyfairy, truth42, marksay, maggyvaneijk, accidentallyexisting, lilledante and AlciaB. Cerasus Poetry will be there to talk about their publishing venture and Tony Cook too, and we are hoping to film this one in its entirety! What more could you possibly want on a Saturday in February? If you want to read, contact mark@abctales.com ASAP as...

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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Yet again we've had lots of really good writing on the site this week - wonderful to read and difficult to choose between. Story of the Week goes to 'Afternoon Angel' by ice rivers, a combination of memoir, tribute, and mystery, beautifully written: https://www.abctales.com/story/ice-rivers/afternoon-angel Poem of the week is 'Buttershaw, South Bradford' by ralph, which skilfully merges the everyday with a dream of a different place and a...

Miram’s Big American Adventure BBC 1, BBC iPlayer, directed by Nicola Comber and Narrator Julian Barratt.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09m6dq6/miriams-big-american-adve... You know the format, actress Miram Margoyles, a self-proclaimed fat, Jewish, lesbian old lady, travels across America finding out what’s what or who’s who or something intelligible to report or see. Here she visits a summer camp in Indiana. Stars and stripes and saluting the flag, hand on the chest at 7am in the morning, type of place. That’s how you build a nation...

Raglan Castle

Raglan castle in Monmouthshire, south-east Wales, was one of the last medieval castles to be built in the British Isles. Construction first began about the middle of the 15th century and was commissioned by one William Thomas, who was described as the ‘lesser son of a minor family’. He was, however, active in local politics and very attentive to the noble young ladies of the day, eventually marrying two wealthy heiresses in quick succession,...

In The Womens' Library - photocopying my work

Some of my past work is in the Womens' Library, currently housed on the top two floors of the London School of Economics. Back in the days of second stage feminism I wrote opinion pieces, book reviews, poetry and a short story for the Edinburgh Women's Liberation Newsletter and my pieces are in files on shelves in the open collection. I decided to photocopy them while they were still there. The Women's Library, previously the Fawcett Library has...

The Castle Pillock Chronicles 2018 (8 January)

Here at Castle Pillock we take our Christmas decorations down on 6 January. If it was up to me we wouldn’t put them up before Christmas Eve, but long ago I was whinged to a near death experience by the Scion and the Princess, and we compromised. They go up on 21 December (the Solstice) and come down on 6 January (traditional Twelfth Night). We therefore nod to Paganism and medieval revelry, and raise an acknowledging eyebrow at religion...

Ellie

Ellie came calling. She’s 9 years old (going on 25) and is the middle child of our eldest daughter, Karen. Bright and chatty, she’s just recently began to take pride in her personal appearance after being very much a tomboy since babyhood. She alarmed me slightly when she suddenly announced that there was a hot boy she really fancies. Fortunately, it’s a teenage boy she sees on Youtube who plays some of the latest pop music. Her favourite song...

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