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Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for August have been chosen by Ewan. Here's what he says: As always, singling out one of each for Picks of the Month is very difficult. Story of the Month is one of maddan’s monthly ghost stories “Sea Mist” . If you want to read them all there is a collection here . Honorable mentions go to: Celticman for his ongoing Ugly Puggly, which continues to amuse and appal in equal measure Jeand for her clear-eyed cancer...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

This week's Story of the Week is maddan's latest ghostly tale, Sea Mist. I have been loving these and hoping there's a collection of them in the future. You can read it here: https://www.abctales.com/story/maddan/sea-mist Poem of the Week is skinner_jennifer's beautiful poem, View Beyond. You can read it here: https://www.abctales.com/story/skinnerjennifer/view-beyond This week's Inspiration Point can be found here: https://www.abctales.com/...

A Farm in South Africa

a – The dirt road and one can see the same stones were used in building the farm house. Ancient stone ruins in South Africa : https://www.abctales.com/story/tom-brown/ancient-stone-ruins-south-africa b – Part of a typical rock wall right behind the house, the stones roughly fitted the wall was damaged and it is not a very large example. c – The stone age tool from ruins near the river perhaps an axe or knife. d – A rock fireplace by the wall.

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 26 Aug 2022 So much good stuff to enjoy! Our Story of the Week goes to Hudson Moon's 'Onward I Mutter - A Ramble'. It's funny, it's instantly relatable, it was a bright spot in the week, it's like having a conversation with a good friend: Onward I Mutter - A Ramble | ABCtales Poem of the Week is TJW's stunning 'Insidious'. This is writing from the heart and soul, and it will stay with you: Insidious | ABCtales This...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

So much good stuff to enjoy! Our Story of the Week goes to Hudson Moon's 'Onward I Mutter - A Ramble'. It's funny, it's instantly relatable, it was a bright spot in the week, it's like having a conversation with a good friend: Onward I Mutter - A Ramble | ABCtales Poem of the Week is TJW's stunning 'Insidious'. This is writing from the heart and soul, and it will stay with you: Insidious | ABCtales This week's Inspiration Point is here:...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 19th August 2022

Story of the Week Longer pieces seem to be in vogue at the moment, who says the novel is dead? Some very good prose writing this week. Celticman’s Uggly Puggly is sharply observed and hilariously dark-humoured, Part 71 is here . I also enjoyed the first three chapters of CliffordBen502’s Exotic Illnesses, the first of which was last week’s Story of the Week. So, since I must pick only one, this week’s Story of the Week is Lou Blodgett’s The...

Panorama: The Billion Pound Savings Scandal, BBC 1, BBC iPlayer, Directed by Andrew Thompson and Luke Mendham.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001b7jh/panorama-the-billionpound-savings-scandal Britain is the money-laundering capital of the world. An estimated billion pounds is lost every year to companies that go bust, create ‘anonymous’ limited accounts, disappear or hide their wealth in tax havens in former British colonies. Panorama follows one company, Blackmore Bonds and other subsidiaries to an address in Gibraltar. Blackmore as a limited...

Lullaby, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, Writer Leila Slimani, Director Lucie Borleteau.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0018364/lullaby Leila Slimani brings the screen her international bestselling novel Lullaby , directed by Lucie Borleteau. Another case of preferring the film to the novel. I read about half the book, or more, before I stopped reading. I knew what was going to happen and didn’t particularly like any of the characters. I’ve nothing against books about nannies. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is a classic, none...

Midnight’s Children, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, writer and narrator Salman Rushdie, director Deepa Metha.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03n1svn/midnights-children I like films, but I love books, but I don’t love Salman Rushdie’s books. I read about the first fifty pages of Midnight’s Children and didn’t go any further. But I enjoyed the film. It’s a simplified version of the book, and being quite simple that’s the version for me. I get the same kind of thing with Shakespeare. It’s not something I’d read for pleasure. And when you get to a...

Great Scottish Writers, Douglas Stuart (2022) Young Mungo.

The same, but different. Most writers write the same book again and again. (I do that too). Publishers like that. It’s an easy sell, especially if your debut novel won the Booker Prize. Different characters, different haircuts, the same predicaments, with much the same outcomes. Write what you know. Young Mungo (Hamilton-Buchanan) is Shuggie Bain . A rundown housing estate in the Dennistoun, East End of Glasgow (of course) after Thatcher...

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